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Monday, June 4, 2012

In Women High Total Cholesterol Correlates with Fewer Heart Attacks

Page Changed: A1c and Post-Meal Blood Sugars Predict Heart Attack.


A large epidemiological study published in 2012, which tracked 52,087 Norwegians for ten years, found that their total cholesterol levels did not predict heart attacks--or any other kind of death--and that for women, the higher their cholesterol, the less likely they were to die of heart attack. Indeed, total cholesterol levels up to about 271 mg/dl appeared to be protective against heart disease.

Is the use of cholesterol in mortality risk algorithms in clinical guidelines valid? Ten years prospective data from the Norwegian HUNT 2 study. Halfdan Petursson, et al. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2012 February; 18(1): 159–168. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2011.01767.x


Anne Angstadt said...

I just total cholesterol over 200 and now my MD wants to put me back on statins (which I really don't want to do) to bring it down (my breakdown, such as trig, HDL, were all normal so far as the report showed ranges). No comment on my A1C of >7.0. I don't understand how we treat diabetes/prediabetes in this country. OK, I know this is old hat to you and most of your readers, guess I just appreciate a place to vent. Best to all,

Jenny said...

It would help if doctors learned anything about diabetes (or heart disease) that wasn't taught by people on the payroll of the drug companies. As it is the designation "M.D." now seems to mean "More Drugs."