Monday, April 7, 2008


This is a subject that should make for an interesting next few years. For quite some time people have assumed that cholesterol leads to heart disease. However now there are a lot of drugs that lower cholesterol levels and don’t seem to be lowering the rate of heart attacks. It isn’t conclusive either way yet, but it is quite likely high cholesterol levels are a meaningless statistic.

""There’s something called the ’cholesterol hypothesis,’ " Hoffman says. "That’s the idea that heart disease is caused by cholesterol. But it’s not called a hypothesis by everyone. In most of society it’s accepted as truth." In fact, he says: "There’s no evidence anywhere that fixing your cholesterol helps you as a human being.""

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