Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cholesterol is healthy

Just wanted to point to a couple of recent pieces on cholesterol.

Cholesterol-reducing Drugs May Lessen Brain Function, Says Researcher

If you try to lower the cholesterol by taking medicine that is attacking the machinery of cholesterol synthesis in the liver, that medicine goes to the brain too. And then it reduces the synthesis of cholesterol which is necessary in the brain," said Shin. In his experiments, Shin tested the activity of the neurotransmitter-release machinery from brain cells without cholesterol present and measured how well the machinery functioned. He then included cholesterol in the system and again measured the protein function. Cholesterol increased protein function by five times.

Chris Masterjohn's been saying the same thing for years.

Anyway, I do not want statins!

Peter had a great post as well looking some of the dodgy science which gave rise to the whole cholesterol is bad thing.


sanjay said...

There are two type of cholesterol bad kind and a good kind.bad kind is called low density lipoprotein and good kind is called high density cholesterol.

Yavor said...

It will take a while for the pendulum to swing in the direction of the truth, but it will happen.

Now when will they realize it's the sedentary lifestyle and the overeating that are the bad guys?