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Re: Statins use???
Jun 12, 2005
Stumper, You mentioned your thyroid, this is an area that I have done a lot of research in because I had a tumor on my thyroid when I was 33 and after surgery I was told I would be on replacement the rest of my life. Have you looked into the latest info? The old TSH scale was up to 5.5 and anything over that was hypothyroid and needed treatment but the organization the endocrinologist's belong to (can't think of the full name) about 3 years ago set the new scale at .3 to 3 because they determined that too many people were hypo at the old scale and not getting the treatment they needed. Also there is a great difference between the natural thyroid (example Armour) and the synthetic Synthroid. Low thyroid means higher cholesterol levels.
Re: Statins use???
Jun 5, 2006
But if those who were treated with cholesterol-lowering drugs were excluded, and almost certainly this group must have included all patients with familial hypercholesterolemia, the correlation between blood cholesterol and degree of atherosclerosis disappeared.

In Japan the food is meager, blood cholesterol is low and the risk of getting a heart attack is much smaller than in any other country. Given these facts you will most probably say that in Japan atherosclerosis must be rare.

The condition of the arteries of American and Japanese people was studied in the fifties by Professors Ira Gore and A. E. Hirst at Harvard Medical School (35) and Professor Yahei Koseki from Sapporo, Japan. At that time US people on average had a blood cholesterol of 220 whereas Japanese had about 170.

The aorta, the main artery of the body, from 659 American and 260 Japanese people were studied after death. Meticulously all signs of atherosclerosis were recorded and graded. As expected, atherosclerosis increased from age 40 and upwards, both in Americans and in Japanese. Now to the surprising fact.

When degree of atherosclerosis was compared in each age group there was hardly any difference between American and Japanese people. Between age forty and sixty Americans were a little more arteriosclerotic than Japanese; between sixty and eighty there was practically no difference, and above eighty Japanese were a little more arteriosclerotic than Americans.

A similar study was conducted by Dr J.A. Resch from Minneapolis and Dr.s N. Okabe and K. Kimoto from Kyushu, Japan (36). They studied the arteries of the brain in 1408 Japanese and in more than 5000 American people and found that in all age groups Japanese people were more arteriosclerotic than were Americans.

The conclusion from these studies is of course that the level of cholesterol in the blood has little importance for the development of atherosclerosis, if any at all.

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