Low cholesterol increases heart problems and stroke risk

Suddenly, it looks like the argument that you should lower your cholesterol to protect your heart may be yet another medical myth.

In 2012, scientists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology looked at ten years of data involving over 52,000 women with ages 20 to 74, and concluded that women with "high cholesterol" (greater than 270 mg/dl) had a 28 per cent lower mortality risk than women with "low cholesterol" (less than 183 mg/dl).

Researchers also found that, for women the risk for heart disease, cardiac arrest, and stroke were higher with lower cholesterol levels.

So why do we need statins if this is the case?

 

Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3303886/