The relationship between the so-called “bad” cholesterol and increased risk of death in older people cannot be considered proven. With such an unexpected conclusion was made by an international group of researchers, which included experts from Sweden, USA, Japan, UK, Ireland and Italy. According to scientists, people with high content of low density lipoproteins live at least, and sometimes longer than those who have their content below.
The experts summarized the results of many earlier studies, which together involved more than 68 thousand elderly people older than 60 years. The researchers sought to test whether there is a relationship between the level of “bad” cholesterol in the blood of people and probability of occurrence and development of cardiovascular diseases and risk of early death. However, the assurances of researchers, they not only found a direct connection, and we noticed evidence of when the opposite.
According to experts, if their conclusions are correct, it may be cause for review of the role of certain drugs to reduce the content of low density lipoprotein in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease in the elderly.
Scientists say that their findings affect people middle-aged — most likely, a similar exercise would show different results if it looked more young participants. Experts even say that reducing the influence of cholesterol on the risk of heart disease with age has been known for quite some time, just previously, such studies have not been too affected by his “bad” variation.