New Questions on Treating Cholesterol

Posted on January 23, 2008  Comments (5)

New Questions on Treating Cholesterol

For decades, the theory that lowering cholesterol is always beneficial has been a core principle of cardiology. It has been accepted by doctors and used by drug makers to win quick approval for new medicines to reduce cholesterol.

But now some prominent cardiologists say the results of two recent clinical trials have raised serious questions about that theory — and the value of two widely used cholesterol-lowering medicines, Zetia and its sister drug, Vytorin.

“The idea that you’re just going to lower LDL and people are going to get better, that’s too simplistic, much too simplistic,” said Dr. Eric J. Topol

via: The Cholesterol Mystery

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5 Responses to “New Questions on Treating Cholesterol”

  1. April
    January 23rd, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

    I think it would be so much better if we all just went back to the diet of our ancestors. They didn’t know half of what we know now yet they were much healthier.

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    February 8th, 2008 @ 9:45 am

    Scientific study often results in less than clear conclusions, especially in complex systems. There is great difficulty understanding what is actually going on, what interactions are present, what factors are significant, etc…

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  4. Alan
    October 19th, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

    Like everything; it’s a question of balance, not too much, not too little. The most important is to keep control of your cholesterol.
    Moreover, other things such as how much salt or sugar you take everyday have worse effetcs to your health.

  5. David Gurev
    August 31st, 2009 @ 10:13 am

    Thanks for raising this question.

    There is almost no doubt that LDL levels need to be lowered in at risk populations. The real question is, who are those people, and how low should the levels go.

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