Study Finds that Low Cholesterol in Elderly Doubles Risk of Early Death

Study finds that elderly with cholesterol less than 189 [UK value 4.9 mml/l] had a double risk of dying.

Physicians were informed to consider very low levels of cholesterol as potential warning signs of a serious disease or as signals of rapidly declining health.

The study included 4520 men and women between the ages of 65-84. The study concluded that low total cholesterol was associated with a higher risk of death.

Low cholesterol level is a robust predictor of mortality in the nondemented elderly and may be a surrogate of frailty or subclinical disease according to the research team.

Compliments of Functional Medicine University,

Dr. Grisanti’s Comments: As more research is conducted, I am confident that the truth will prevail and show that cholesterol is not so bad after all. Unfortunately, I am saddened to say that there will be many unnecessary deaths due to people striving to lower cholesterol levels.


Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.,

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