Saturday, November 19, 2005

Statins seem to work, but the cholesterol thesis doesn't stack up

I was very glad to see this essay by Malcolm Kendrick on spiked. The theory that our diets are killing us is usually elaborated by suggesting that eating lots of fat, or not eating the right fat, causes us to have increased cholesterol and makes us die young. However, while statins seem to have a protective effect, their action in lowering cholesterol may not be the reason (and in any event, as Ravnskov points out, mass medication is unlikely to have a huge positive benefit).

The Great Cholesterol Myth


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