Year: 1994 Source: American Journal of Cardiology, v.73, no.1, (January 1, 1994), p.80-85 SIEC No: 19981206

Evidence is reviewed about the concern that lowering cholesterol may increase the risk of noncardiovascular death. Longitudinal studies following cholesterol levels & mortality rates have given inconsistent results. An association was found in approximately half the studies relating low cholesterol rates & cancer. Some studies found increased suicide rates in those with low cholesterol levels. Biological reasons for why low cholesterol increases mortality rates are suggested. (74 refs.)