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Cholesterol-lowering May Shorten Your Life by Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
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According to conventional wisdom it is wise to lower your cholesterol if it is too high.
The main reason for this advice is the observation that people with a high cholesterol more often get a heart attack than people with a normal or a low cholesterol.
The observation is correct, but it does not mean that the high cholesterol is the cause of the heart attack (see section 1). If it were, lowering of the high cholesterol by any means should prevent it, but it doesn´t (except with the new group of cholesterol-lowering drugs, the statins; see below).
[This article was written by Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD, and is an excerpt from his book The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy That Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease.]
[Note: The book Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You is a shortened, simplified and updated version of Dr. Ravnskov's first book, "The Cholesterol Myths".] 40 studies of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Not Including Statins
40 studies of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Not Including Statins Show a GREATER Number of Deaths in Those Taking These Drugs
“Before the introduction of the new cholesterol lowering drugs, the statins, more than 40 trials have been performed to test if cholesterol-lowering can prevent a heart attack. In some of the trials the number of fatal heart attacks were lowered a little, in other trials the number of fatal heart attacks increased.
“Overviews of the trials have shown that when all results were taken together, just as many died in the treatment groups (e.g. those whose cholesterol was lowered) as in the untreated control group (78,79). The following table gives the accumulated results. None of the differences were statistically significant. Nor were they by more sophisticated analyses.
Greater Number of Total Deaths in Those Given These Drugs vs Placebo
Greater Number of Total Deaths in Those Given These Drugs vs Placebo: 6.1% vs 5.8%
“[The total deaths in the drug groups was 6.1% versus 5.8% in the placebo group.]
“[The rate of fatal heart attacks was the same in those given these drugs versus those given a placebo: 2.9% versus 2.9%.]
Some Overviews of These Drugs IGNORE the Some of the Negative Trials
Some Overviews of These Drugs Have Reported Positive Results by IGNORING Some of the Negative Trials
“That some overviews have shown a positive result after cholesterol-lowering is because they had ignored or excluded one or more trials with a negative outcome (79).
Statins Do NOT Work by Lowering Cholesterol
Some Statin Trials Show Positive Results, But Statins Also INCREASE CANCER
“The mentioned overviews included mostly diet and/or the older cholesterol-lowering drugs. But a new type of drugs, the statins (for instance Zocor, Mevacor, Lescol, Lipitor and Pravachol) have been succesful. However, their effect isn´t exerted through cholesterol-lowering, they have other and more useful properties Unfortunately they also stimulate cancer growth.”
Note: This article was published with Uffe Ravnskov’s approval.
It is posted on his website here
Other Articles by Uffe
Other articles by Uffe Ravnskov
Here are other articles by Uffe.
- Diet has never been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease or death noted Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD
- Cholesterol-lowering May Shorten Your Life by Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
- Lowering cholesterol by diet or drugs has not been shown to extend lifespan, Edward R. Pinckney, MD
- Diet is NOT an effective way to prevent coronary heart disease said George Mann, ScD, MD
- Warning against cholesterol-lowering in the general population, Michael F. Oliver, MD
- ‘The idea that saturated fats cause heart disease is completely wrong’ says biochemist Mary Enig
- Your cholesterol tells very little about your future health by Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
- Diet has little to do with your blood cholesterol by Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
About the Author
About Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD is an independent investigator, and the President of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (http://www.THINCS.org).
He is also the author of several books, including:
Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You (2009)
Ignore the Awkward : How the Cholesterol Myths Are Kept Alive (2010)
The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy That Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease (2002)
Note: His book “Fat and Cholesterol are good for you is a shortened, simplified and updated version of his first book, “The Cholesterol Myths”.
Contact Info for Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, independent investigator
President of THINCS, The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics
Magle Stora Kyrkogata 9, 22350 Lund, Sweden
tel +46 46145022 or +46-702580416
More about the Author
More about Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
Here is his biography from Amazon.com.
“Uffe Ravnskov was born 1934 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated in 1961 from the University of Copenhagen with an M.D, but has worked most of his time as a clinician and a researcher in Sweden, where he got his PhD from the University of Lund.
“He has published more than 100 papers and letters critical of the cholesterol campaign; most of them in major medical journals. Honoured by the Skrabanek Award 1999 given by Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland for original contributions in the field of medical skepticism, and by the 2007 Leo-Huss-Walin Prize for Independent Thinking in Natural Sciences And Medicine.
“He is a member of the editorial board of two medical journals and is the creator and spokesman of THINCS, The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (http://www.thincs.org), an organization that includes more than 100 researchers and other university graduates from all over the world.
“More details about Uffe Ravnskov are available on http://www.ravnskov.nu/uffe”
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