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Hey, Pharma: What if cholesterol is not related to serious heart disease? Would you even tell us?

A BMJ study published in 2015 concluded that

High LDL-C is inversely associated with mortality in most people over 60 years. This finding is inconsistent with the cholesterol hypothesis.

You can find the BMJ study here:

Lack of an association or an inverse association between low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and mortality in the elderly: a systematic review

While guidance for prescribing statins remains unchanged, more and more questions are being asked. The influence of Big Pharma on these decisions cannot be understated. Statin use is now so prevalent that a cottage industry has built up around studying their side effects. Dr. David Healy is a conscientious and responsible professional to follow if you are interested in the effects of Big Pharma on the FDA. Here is one of his excellent articles on the subject of randomized controlled trials and how they are run.

The Evidence that Counts for FDA