Category: Latest Cholesterol Research

Study Challenges The Benefits Of Cholesterol Reduction

| July 31, 2014 | Comments (2)

The aorta is the major blood vessels that carries blood from the heart to other parts of the body (except the lungs). Sometimes, individuals can be born with a narrowing of this vessel – a condition known as ‘coarctation of the aorta’. This defect can be repaired surgically. Those who have surgery have been noted […]

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Don’t Believe The Hype About High Dose Statin Therapy

| May 8, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recently, my attention was caught by a tweet from Richard Horton, editor of the medical journal The Lancet. The tweet highlighted ‘evidence’ for the benefits of statin therapy, specifically their ability to reduce what are called ‘vascular events’ (such as heart attacks and strokes). The data Richard Horton based his tweet on comes from a […]

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No Evidence That Ezetimibe Improves Health Or Saves Lives

| November 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ezetimibe is a drug that lowers cholesterol levels in the bloodstream by inhibiting its absorption from the gut. It is quite commonly used in conjunction with a statin drug. The idea is that if someone has not been able to get their cholesterol levels low enough on a statin alone (or is not tolerating higher […]

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Stroke: New Study Suggests High Cholesterol May Be Protective

| October 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Raised cholesterol is said to be a cause of heart disease and heart attack, and it can be a secondary cause of stroke. The term ‘heart disease’ usually refers to the ‘furring up’ of the arteries around the heart (the coronary arteries), a process known as ‘atherosclerosis’ or ‘arteriosclerosis’. Eventually, the artery may become completely […]

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Studies Show Statins Do Not Improve The Symptoms Of Dementia

| September 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Last month I noticed several reports in the news about a study concerning the relationship between statins and dementia. The study, presented at a cardiology conference in Amsterdam, found that statin use was associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. I saw a cardiologist comment on the study on the TV. He talked […]

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Benefits Of Lowering Cholesterol Are Based On Flawed Data

| September 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recently, the European Society of Cardiology held its annual conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. One of the studies presented at the meeting is reported here. The research compares the number of patients achieving recommended LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the UK with those in Germany. In the UK, general practitioners are remunerated for having […]

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High Total Cholesterol Levels Linked To A Reduced Risk Of Death

| August 27, 2013 | Comments (2)

In the UK and Europe generally, it is recommended that levels of total cholesterol in the blood should not be above 5.0 mmol/l (about 190 mg/dl). We are given the impression that having levels above this puts us at increased risk of heart disease – a major ‘killer’. However, when assessing the relationship between any […]

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More Evidence On Cholesterol’s Role In Healthy Brain Function

| August 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Although the current vogue is for us to put downward pressure on our cholesterol levels, there is at least some evidence that this actually poses hazards for health. For example, studies have linked cholesterol reduction with adverse effects on brain function. Recently, I came across a British Medical Journal study dating from 1990 that made […]

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