It’s not unusual to be in a health conversation with someone today and they ask you if you know your cholesterol level. It seems like there has been a big campaign to associate your cholesterol level with longevity, life and health. That is why statin drugs have been so popular in mainstream medicine, because they have been able to lower cholesterol in those taking them. However, this has not been without side effects. Those taking statins are encouraged to have routine checkups along with blood analysis. The more we learn about statin medication and cholesterol the more it seems that there is some type of disconnect between what is truth and what is fiction.
Yet the fact that people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers. Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with a high cholesterol. Supporters of the cholesterol campaign consistently ignore his observation, or consider it as a rare exception, produced by chance among a huge number of studies finding the opposite.