Women with high cholesterol live longer, have fewer heart attacks and strokes
2011 October 26
If the diagnosis of high cholesterol sounds like a death sentence to your ears, you may be the victim of cholesterol propaganda. It’s not uncommon to believe that lower is better when it comes to cholesterol, but new research shows otherwise. In fact, a recent study in Norway says women with high cholesterol live longer and suffer from fewer heart attacks and strokes than those with lower cholesterol.
Can High Cholesterol Save Your Life?
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology looked at 52,087 individuals between the ages of 20 and 74. After adjusting for factors like age, smoking and blood pressure, researchers found women with high cholesterol (more than 270 mg/dl) had a 28 percent lower mortality risk than women with low cholesterol (under 193 mg/dl). Risk for heart disease, cardiac arrest and stroke also declined as cholesterol levels rose.
The researchers involved in the study admit this contradicts commonly accepted beliefs about cholesterol. They say current guideline information is misleading because the role of cholesterol in heart disease is overestimated.
Chocolate can cut stroke risk: study; Get benefit from dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa
2011 October 12
Chocolate-lovers are in luck.
New research suggests that eating about two chocolate bars a week could help reduce your risk of stroke.
Announced October 10, the new Swedish study supports previous research in men and women.
“The protection started at more than about 1.5 ounces a week,” said researcher Susanna C. Larsson, PhD, of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, in a statement.
In the study, the group eating the most chocolate (about 2.3 ounces a week) got the most benefit, reducing stroke risks by 20 percent, stated the researchers.
The research is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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