..more than 40 trials have been performed to determine whether lowering cholesterol levels can prevent heart disease. In some trials heart disease rates went down, in others they went up. But when the results of all of the trials were taken together, just as many people died in the treatment groups (who had their cholesterol levels lowered by drugs) as in the control groups (who had no treatment).
If you’re still skeptical after reading all of this, perhaps William Castelli, the director of the famed Framingham Heart Study mentioned above can convince you:
“Serum cholesterol is not a strong risk factor for CHD, in the sense that blood pressure is a strong risk factor for stroke or cigarette smoking is a risk factor for lung cancer.”
...Again, the Framingham Study which followed 15,000 participants over three generations:
“There is a direct association between falling cholesterol levels over the first 14 years and mortality over the following 18 years.”In other words, as cholesterol fell death rates went up.
...The Honolulu Heart Program study, with 8,000 participants, published in 2001:
“Long-term persistence of low cholesterol concentration actually increases the risk of death
. Thus, the earlier the patients start to have lower cholesterol concentrations, the greater the risk of death.”
And finally, the huge Japanese Lipid Intervention Trial with over 47,000 participants:
“The highest death rate observed was among those with lowest cholesterol
(under 160mg/dl); lowest death rate observed was with those whose cholesterol was between 200-259mg/dl”
In other words, those with the lowest cholesterol had the highest death rate, and those with cholesterol levels that would today be called “dangerous” had the lowest death rate.As you can see, not only does high cholesterol not cause heart disease, low cholesterol can actually be dangerous to your health.http://chriskresser.com/cholesterol-doesnt-cause-heart-disease