Category: Latest Cholesterol News

Speaking Out Against The Mainstream’s Misleading Pro-Statin Message

| March 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recently, the issue of statin side-effects has been covered repeatedly in the media. Quite-prominent doctors and researchers have expressed their concerns regarding statin safety. In response, perhaps, we have seen some stout support for statins, including from Professor Rory Collin – co-director of a research group known as the Cholesterol Treatment Trialists (CTT) collaboration. In […]

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Doctor Speaks Out Against “Statins For All” Policy

| March 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK has recently put forward the idea that the number of people treated with statins should be widened considerably. Currently, doctors in the UK are recommended to treat individuals estimated to have a 20 per cent risk of developing cardiovascular disease over the next […]

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How Accurate Are The Calculations That Predict Cardiovascular Disease?

| February 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

Last week, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK published a consultation document in which it suggests that the threshold for treating people with statins should be lowered. Currently, doctors are advised to consider treatment for individuals who are calculated to have 20 per cent or more risk of developing […]

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Little Evidence To Support A Low Cholesterol Diet

| January 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Just hearing the word ‘cholesterol’ tends to evoke negative reactions, so perhaps it’s no surprise that there has been a vogue suggesting that individuals follow a low cholesterol diet, limiting their intake of foods rich in this substance, including eggs. However, in recent years, some scientists have questioned the wisdom of limiting cholesterol-rich foods in […]

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FDA Happy To Let Unproven Drugs Onto The Market

| December 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

There is still much controversy and debate surrounding the recent cholesterol management guidelines issued by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The guidelines shift the emphasis away from treating those with raised cholesterol to treating those with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, the tools used to calculate risk have been […]

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Vested Interests Behind The New Cholesterol Guidelines

| November 28, 2013 | Comments (2)

Last week, my column focused on the new cholesterol guidelines issued jointly by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Briefly, the new recommendations would mean many more individuals would be eligible for treatment with statin drugs. This move seems out of kilter with increasing evidence that statins stand to do little […]

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Two Leading Doctors Speak Out Against New Cholesterol Guidelines

| November 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recently, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines on the management of cholesterol. Gone is the recommendation that individuals should be treated on the basis of their LDL-cholesterol level. This ‘relaxing’ of the rules will not, however, lead to a general reduction in the number of people taking drugs […]

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Study Questions The Role Fat And Cholesterol Play In Heart Disease

| November 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

The conventional view is that saturated fat is ‘artery clogging’ and polyunsaturated vegetable oils are ‘heart healthy’. One way this concept can be tested is to put people on diets that are low in saturated fat or replace it with supposedly healthier fats. When you put such studies together, the results show no reduced risk […]

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