High cholesterol safer for women?

In a study of more than 40,000 men and women under the age of 60, men with high cholesterol had more than three times the risk of having a heart attack, compared with women with high cholesterol.

…“We believe that females below 60 years of age may be protected against some of the cardiovascular consequences of having high cholesterol due to female sex hormones such as estrogen,” he said.

…“The use of lifestyle modification and statin therapy is one of the most effective, cost-effective and high-value therapeutic approaches to prevent cardiovascular events and prolong life in men as well as women,” Fonarow said. “Attention to cholesterol levels and other risk factors [emphasis added] remain vital for both men and women.”

If females are protected by oestrogen and yet high cholesterol is said to cause heart disease, the lipid hypothesis is invalidated. Focus should be heavily on other risk factors. Read my book.

[Source: Poughkeepsie Journal]

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