The connection between cancer and cholesterol.
Image thanks to Sean Lucas.
Can our cholesterol be too low, though? In the 80’s some studies came out showing that many people dying from cancer have really low cholesterol. There are two possible explanations for this correlation: the cancer led to the low cholesterol, or, maybe, low cholesterol led to cancer—that wouldn’t be good. To this day there are doctors telling people not to let their cholesterol get too low based on that data. Are they right? Can our bad cholesterol—LDL—be too low?
The answer is no. It appears our cholesterol can never be too low; the lower the better. Brand new studies have put the controversy to rest. In fact, the opposite may be true. Lower cholesterol means less heart disease risk, and now we know it may lower cancer risk as well.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.
To help out on the site please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on cholesterol. Also, there are 1,686 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!
For more context, check out my associated blog post, Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk.
If you haven't yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here.