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Old Fri, Apr-12-19, 04:20
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Default Low cholesterol and fat levels can increase risk of strokes, doctors warn women

From The Independent
London, UK
11April, 2019

Low cholesterol and fat levels can increase risk of strokes, doctors warn women

'Our large study shows that in women, very low levels may also carry some risks'

Keeping your cholesterol and fat levels low may not always be the best protection from a stroke for women, doctors have said.

Research in the US has found if cholesterol levels dip too low in women they are more than twice as likely to have a haemorrhagic stroke (caused by a bleed in or around the brain) than those who maintain an ideal value.

And those with the lowest triglyceride levels, a fat found in blood, were twice as likely to have a haemorrhagic stroke as those with the highest levels.

“Strategies to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, like modifying diet or taking statins, are widely used to prevent cardiovascular disease,” said study author assistant professor Pamela Rist, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, “But our large study shows that in women, very low levels may also carry some risks.”

Bad cholesterol

Lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol to an ideal value of 100 milligrams per decilitre (mg/dl) reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
LDL cholesterol is called bad cholesterol because it can lead to fatty build-up in the arteries.

But the study, published in journal Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology, found women with levels of LDL cholesterol 70mg/dl or lower 2.2 times more likely to have a haemorrhagic stroke than those who maintained a level of between 100 to 130mg/dl.

Researchers also found 0.6 per cent of women with the lowest levels of triglycerides had a bleeding stroke compared to 0.4 per cent of women with the highest triglycerides.

Bleeding stroke

After adjusting for factors which could affect risk, it was discovered those with the lowest triglycerides were twice as likely to have a bleeding stroke.

The research involved 27,937 women age 45 and older enrolled in the Women’s Health Study, who had total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and triglycerides measured at the start of the study and their medical records reviewed at the end to see how many had a haemorrhagic stroke.

Assistant professor Rist said: “Women with very low LDL cholesterol or low triglycerides should be monitored by their doctors for other stroke risk factors that can be modified, like high blood pressure and smoking, in order to reduce their risk of haemorrhagic stroke.”
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Old Fri, Apr-12-19, 08:56
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As a stroke survivor, there are MANY reasons for a stroke. DIet is only one. Doctors kept asking me if I had been in a car accident. NO ONE asked about diet. lol Either way, that was not the cause.

Dr Atkins put a graph in one of his editions showing that total cholesterol has a bit impaact on death rates. ANyone remember that graph?? It was a BIG U curve. WIth very low cholsterol the death rates also go up. WHen my doc gets all uppity about my 205 total, I just think she is nuts. No mention of the good levels of the sub-parts and ratios. SHe is sooooo behind the times......
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Old Fri, Apr-12-19, 11:46
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There are so many studies indicating that lowering cholesterol has virtually no impact on heart disease, but does increase all-cause mortality. The Women's Health Study showed that these results are even worse for women than for men.

I may have health issues, but high cholesterol isn't one of them.
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