GP’s sur­pris­ing re­sult from choles­terol study

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

CHOLES­TEROL has been ques­tioned as a cause of heart disease in older peo­ple in a con­tro­ver­sial new study by a Mac­cles­field doctor.

A re­view of 19 stud­ies in­volv­ing 68,094 peo­ple, pub­lished in the BMJ Open jour­nal, has found there is no as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween what has tra­di­tion­ally been con­sid­ered as “bad” choles­terol and the pre­ma­ture deaths of over 60-year-olds from car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease.

Its find­ings are “ro­bust” and “thor­oughly re­viewed,” ac­cord­ing to joint au­thor Dr Mal­colm Ken­drick, an in­ter­me­di­ate care GP with the Cen­tral East Cheshire Trust who lives in Mac­cles­field.

Re­searchers found that 92 per cent of the peo­ple in the study with a high choles­terol level lived longer.

Choles­terol is car­ried in the blood at­tached to pro­teins called lipopro­teins. There are two main forms, LDL (low den­sity lipopro­tein) and HDL (high den­sity lipopro­tein). LDL choles­terol is of­ten re­ferred to as “bad choles­terol” be­cause too much is un­healthy. HDL is of­ten re­ferred to as “good choles­terol” be­cause it is pro­tec­tive.

Dr Ken­drick said: “These are the facts but they will be con­sid­ered con­tro­ver­sial.”

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