A publication by an international team of researchers “provokes” the common belief that LDL, the so-called “bad” cholesterol, causes heart disease. It should be noted, however, that this group of researchers has long expressed its “skepticism” about the role of cholesterol.
The publication in Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology also questions the use of statins as the primary tool for preventing cardiovascular disease. The study could have far-reaching consequences as tens of millions of people around the world are taking statins to lower their cholesterol levels and the risk of heart attack.
“There have been decades of research to deceive the public and doctors to believe that LDL causes heart disease when it is not actually happening,” said David Diamond, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Psychology and Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, plus -writer of the article.
Diamond added: “Research that has been targeted at LDL is terribly wrong. Not only is there a lack of evidence of a causal relationship between LDL and heart disease, but the statistical correlation used by statin supporters to prove their benefits was misleading. ”
These researchers – from the US, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, France and Japan – have reported that the current narrative that LDL causes cardiovascular disease is based on “misleading statistics, blocking unsuccessful trials and ignoring many contradictory remarks’.
The effectiveness of statin therapy as a primary prevention method has been discussed extensively for years. This article contradicts three recently published reviews supporting the role of cholesterol in heart disease. It also counters the value of statins in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
While Diamond is cautious and does not give medical advice, he said his goal is to share this information with the world so people get more information when they think of taking cholesterol lowering drugs.
Neuroscientist, Diamond began investigating nutrition and heart disease issues a decade ago when he was diagnosed as having a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease and his doctor advised him to take statins. By Ph.D. in Biology, studied heart disease research and concluded that the emphasis on LDL as a cause of cardiovascular disease was not based on sound research.
Diamond has published six studies on cardiovascular disease and is opposed to the use of statins. He reported that instead of taking statins, he lost his extra pounds and dramatically improved risk of heart disease risk following a low carbohydrate diet.