GP’s surprising result from cholesterol study
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.”