Low cholesterol increases total mortality in the elderly

Part 3: Conclusion

The generally held belief that cholesterol concentrations should be kept low to lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease is clearly wrong.

In 2001, Dr Schatz, professor of medicine at the University of Hawaii, wrote:

'those with cholesterol levels widely assumed to be healthy had a roughly 35-40% greater chance of dying from any cause in the following 25 years.'[1]

And in 2004 yet another new study suggested that low cholesterol shortened lifespan.[2] So don't worry if your cholesterol goes up — unless you don't want to live a long life!


1. Schatz IJ, Masaki K, Yano K, et al. Cholesterol and all-cause mortality in elderly people from the Honolulu Heart Program: a cohort study. Lancet 2001; 358: 351-5.

2. Garasto S, et al. Low cholesterol trait linked to shorter life span. BMC Medical Genetics 2004; 5:

Part 1. Overall Death -1 | Part 2. Overall Death -2 | Part 3. Overall Death -3
Part 4: Young deaths
Part 5: Middle aged deaths
Part 6: Elderly Death — 1 | Part 7: Elderly Death — 2 | Part 8: Elderly Death — 3

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Last updated: December 9, 2011