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New Study: Women With Higher Cholesterol Live Longer
Anthony Colpo | Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Study # 10,675 Showing the Cholesterol Theory is Still Garbage
Recently, some refreshingly non-brainwashed researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) noted that “the predictive properties of cholesterol might not be as straightforward as widely assumed.” Now there’s a huge understatement. So they set out to document the strength and validity of total cholesterol as a risk factor for mortality in a sizable sample of Norwegians without known CVD at baseline. As part of the HUNT 2 study, they ended up with 10-year follow-up data from 52,087 individuals (24,235 men and 27,852 women) aged 20–74 years and free from known CVD at the start of the study.
And what did they find, you ask?
Screw Diamonds: Cholesterol is a Girl’s Best Friend
Among women, serum cholesterol had an inverse association with all-cause mortality. Meaning that, as cholesterol went up, the risk of visiting that big Zara outlet in the sky went down. Compared with women whose cholesterol was under 5.0 mmol/l (193 mg/dl), those with a reading over 7.0 mmol/l (270 mg/dl) enjoyed a 28% relative risk reduction of dying. This risk was determined after adjusting for age, smoking and systolic blood pressure.
An almost identical relationship with cardiovascular disease (ie, CHD, heart failure, stroke) was observed. As cholesterol went up, risk of dying from cardiac arrest and stroke declined.
When coronary heart disease mortality was examined in isolation, the association with cholesterol appeared to follow a U-shaped curve. The lowest CHD risk was seen between 5.0-6.9 mmol/l, which hardly supports the simple-minded “lower is better” mentality that has come to dominate the CHD prevention arena.
And, at the end of the day, the most important figure of all is overall mortality. No matter what the cause of death, if you’re the last one left standing, then you achieved the best result. And among this sample of over 27,000 Norwegian women, the higher the cholesterol level, the more likely this result.
So ladies, next time a monopolistic South African diamond cartel employs a Madison Avenue firm to convince you some rock that may have been taken from impoverished miners at gunpoint or removed from a disemboweled smuggler in the African Congo is your “best friend”, just ignore them. There’s a new ester in town, and it doesn’t cost a cent! Go cholesterol, go cholesterol, go cholesterol…
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