The raison d'etre of this website is to provide you with hard scientific information which may help you make informed decisions in your quest for health (so far I have blogged concise summaries of over 1,500 scientific studies and have had three books published).

My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Cholesterol lowering treatment increases the risk of death

This study was published in Circulation 1990 Dec;82(6):1916-24
Study title and authors:
An analysis of randomized trials evaluating the effect of cholesterol reduction on total mortality and coronary heart disease incidence.
Holme I.
Life Insurance Companies' Institute for Medical Statistics, Ullevaal Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
This study can be accessed at:

The study investigated the relationship between cholesterol reduction and death rates by analysing the results of 19 randomized clinical cholesterol reduction intervention trials (by drugs and diet). The 19 trials included 103,598 subjects and lasted between two and ten years.

The study found that those who had the cholesterol lowering treatment had a 3.7% increased risk of death compared to those who had no cholesterol lowering treatment.