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Serum Cholesterol May Not Be That Important In The Elderly

Dec 21, 2011

A large study in Rotterdam, involving 5750 older people, has shown that an elevated cholesterol in persons greater then 65 was not a predictor of cardiac death, while a lower cholesterol level was a predictor of increased non-cardiovascular death, including cancer.

(When I was in my training there were Danish studies which showed that the lower your cholesterol the greater the incidence of colon cancer. Dr. Power)

Reference: Journal Watch General Medicine November 8, 2011

Citation: Newson RS et al. Association between serum cholesterol and noncardiovascular mortality in older age. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Oct; 59:1779.