Atlantis Alumni

Thursday, January 17, 2008

High Cholesterol Means What?

It now turns out there is room to doubt that lowering cholesterol is effective in preventing heart attacks and strokes. Apparently, this "conventional wisdom" has been enough for the drug companies to gain immediate approval for cholesterol lowering drugs even before so-called "Instance" trials have taken place. These trials measure whether or not the drugs actually do any good in terms of reducing heart attacks and strokes. The full story is in today's New York Times. Bottom line:

"Doctors, patients and the drug industry will be waiting to see whether
regulators are still willing to accept the theory that lower cholesterol is
always a good thing."

Or maybe natural methods like diet and exercise can be just as effective as popping pills.


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