A 30 mg/dL decrease in cholesterol levels in people 65 and older was associated with a 35% GREATER risk of death according to a reanalysis of an old study, the Minnesota Coronary Experiment (MCE; 1968-73) which replaced saturated fat with vegetable oil rich in linoleic acid (an omega-6 polyunsaturated fat) from corn oil and corn oil polyunsaturated margarine.
The analysis found NO benefit in reducing all-cause mortality—actually there was a 7% GREATER risk of death in the vegetable oil group, but the difference was not statistically significant—and NO benefit in reducing coronary heart disease mortality—actually there was a 13% GREATER risk of death from coronary heart disease in the vegetable oil group, but the difference was not statistically significant.
“Paradoxically, MCE participants who had greater reductions in serum cholesterol had a higher, rather than lower, risk of death,” the paper notes.
The analysis was done by researchers at the US National Institutes of Health.
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