Cholesterol Again and Again | Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

February 17, 2015 4:22 PM

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Like a broken record, tales of cholesterol appear and submerge on an irregular schedule. I have in my files an old cartoon of a patient addressing her doctor, "Are you a cholesterol-is-all-bosh kind of doctor?" I certainly do not fall into that category. Cholesterol is hugely important, more important than all of the media hype that swarms about it, mostly uninformed.

The human body contains about 150 grams of cholesterol. Its presence is critical to many body functions including sex hormone production. Population studies reveal extensive variability in blood levels as low as 77 in the Bantu to as high as 280 and above in Western populations. Ancel Keys studied t...

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