June 7, 2010
Monitoring Cholesterol Increases Life Expectancy
After following more than 800 patients for 25 years, it's clear that LDL cholesterol is detrimental to health
A University of Minnesota study definitively shows that those with decreased LDL cholesterol levels can count on an increased life expectancy. The research is published in the May 24 edition of the Annals of Surgery.
Twenty five years later, University of Minnesota Medical School researchers found the group who had surgery increased life expectancy by about one year.
"This study contributes to a long path of findings from the POSCH trial, that is, high levels of LDL cholesterol are detrimental to your health," said Henry Buchwald, M.D., Ph.D., bariatric surgeon at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and principal investigator of the study.
Through the years, and through a number of high-profile published journal studies, the POSCH study has repeatedly shown that reducing high LDL cholesterol means fewer heart attacks, fewer deaths, less incidence of peripheral artery disease, and less heart disease.
"The POSCH trial was the first randomized controlled trial to show the life-sustaining benefits of cholesterol lowering and it is the only trial with 25 years of follow-up," Buchwald said.
Because of the advent of statins, the surgery is now relegated to a small minority of patients who have adverse effects to drugs.
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