The debate about cholesterol is an interesting one. I’ve had some patients tell me that their prescribing doctor told them that they weren’t going to be happy until they lowered their cholesterol to below 100.
I’ve had other patients tell me that their doctor wanted them to take the statin drug to lower their heart attack risk or risk of stroke. They prescribed the statin lowering medication to limit the patient’s risk.
I understand wanting to limit risk of a possible stroke or a myocardial infarction. No one wants to have a heart attack or a stroke. But, the literature hasn’t shown a significant decrease in stroke and heart attack rates since cholesterol lowering medications began being prescribed.
Additionally, cholesterol below 140 is considered an ominous sign of poor health. Ominous means bad. I think of the word “ominous” as something that is going to cause impending doom. It’s not good.