Here is a fact that has been known for quite a long time, but it is still news to many people:
People with higher cholesterol levels live longer than people with lower cholesterol levels.
Read that again, slowly, and no, it is not a typo.
The reason why this fact is not well-known in the general public is because it would put a huge dent into a $100 BILLION drug market for statin drugs – drugs that lower your cholesterol. With approximately one out every four Americans over the age of 50 currently prescribed a statin drug, a drug with very serious side effects, this is certainly one issue you should investigate yourself. Please don’t take my word on it, nor anybody else’s.
What the Research Says Concerning Cholesterol Levels and Mortality Rates
This is but a sampling of the research on the fact that low cholesterol is dangerous, while high cholesterol is beneficial.
Study: Low total cholesterol is associated with high total mortality in patients with coronary heart disease, European Heart Journal, January 1997
The relative risk of non-cardiac death was 2.27 times higher in the low cholesterol group than in the controls (95% CI: 1.49-3.45), whereas the risk of cardiac death was the same in both groups relative risk 1.09; 95% CI: 0.76-1.56). The most frequent cause of non-cardiac death associated with low total cholesterol was cancer. These results in patients with coronary heart disease add weight to previous studies associating low total cholesterol with an increased risk of non-cardiac death.