Study title and authors:
Serum cholesterol levels and in-hospital mortality in the elderly.
Onder G, Landi F, Volpato S, Fellin R, Carbonin P, Gambassi G, Bernabei R.
Department of Geriatrics, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12967690
The study explored whether cholesterol levels were associated with in-hospital mortality among elderly patients. The study analyzed cholesterol levels in 6,984 hopitalized patients aged 65 years or older.
The study found that those with the lowest cholesterol, less than 160 mg/dL (4.1 mmol/l), had 44% increased death rates compared to those with the highest cholesterol, over 240 mg/dL (6.6 mmol/l).
The results of the study indicate that among older hospitalized adults, low cholesterol levels are associated with higher death rates.