Thursday, September 4, 2014

High Cholesterol is Protective for Senior Women


Here’s a big new secret:

High cholesterol is protective in women.

A Norwegian study of 27,000 women

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2753.2011.01767.x/pdf

An Austrian study of 82,000 women

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15006277

Both studies show that the higher a woman’s cholesterol (past the age of 60) the less likely she is to have cardiovascular disease, the less likely she is to die of a heart attack or stroke.

The Austrian study is from 2004.  The Norwegian study is from 2012.

Yet in 2014, women in America who have cholesterol over 200 are told they must reduce their cholesterol level by exercise, diet and pills.  

Why would American doctors want to take away women’s protection from heart disease?

All I can think of is that they don’t know about these studies.  I have no idea how to educate the doctors.  

However, doctors are strapped for time. When they see a woman’s blood test results, they look for H’s and L’s.  If that H wasn’t printed on a woman’s blood test result sheet, then doctors wouldn’t try to treat them.

So, I’m trying to find out how to get the guidelines for blood labs changed.  If I can succeed, a simple change in printouts will save thousands of lives.

2 comments:

  1. Interesting, isn't it. I just listened to a presentation by Dr. David Perlmutter (Grain Brain) at the Evolution of Medicine Summit in which he points out the complete lack of scientific evidence that cholesterol causes heart disease. Of course, the leading cholesterol drug, Crestor, sold $1.3 billion in the 4th quarter of 2013, but surely that has nothing to do with the medical establishment's position on cholesterol - do you think?

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  2. Thanks for the Perlmutter info. I suspect most doctors believe what they are taught in medical school, and don't bother to keep up with the literature after they graduate. Their only education after graduation comes from drug sales people. I don't know how to remedy this. But presentations like Permutter's can educate medical consumers. Doctors are no longer medical consultants -- they have become vendors for tests and drugs.

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