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
An Austrian study of 82,000 women
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.