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Women with total cholesterol of 240 mg/dL or greater were NO MORE likely to die vs 160-199 mg/dL
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Women whose total cholesterol levels were 240 mg/dL or GREATER were NO MORE likely to die during the next 5-13 years compared with women whose cholesterol levels were 160-199 mg/dL according to a 2008 meta-analysis of 5 studies in Japan.
Data from this meta-analysis suggests that elevated cholesterol levels do NOT increase a woman’s risk of death, but if cholesterol levels are LOW — below 160 mg/dL — there is a dramatic (41%) INCREASED risk of death.
Should a woman try to lower her cholesterol levels?
No, I don’t think so!
Kirihara Y, Hamazaki K, Hamazaki T, Ogushi Y, Tsuji H, and Shirasak S. The Relationship between Total Blood Cholesterol Levels and All-cause Mortality in Fukui City, and Meta-analysis of This Relationship in Japan. Journal of Lipid Nutrition, 2008; 17(1): 67-78.
The paper is posted here.
Author’s Contact Info
Tomohito Hamazaki, MD, PhD
Division of Clinical Application
Department of Clinical Sciences
Institute of Natural Medicine
University of Toyama
Toyama-city, Toyama 9300194, Japan
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