BOB ARNOLD, M.D.; LACHLAN FORROW, M.D.
To the editor: Taylor and colleagues (1) report that if men with otherwise low cardiac risk reduce their elevated cholesterol levels by an average of 6.7%, their life expectancy will increase by 3 days to 3 months. A person at high risk for ischemic heart disease might increase his or her life expectancy by days or possibly a year. Although the sophisticated analytic model used in this study is impressive, it is biased in favor of cholesterol reduction. A more comprehensive approach would also consider the amount of time consumed in efforts to lower one's cholesterol level, and then calculate
ARNOLD B, FORROW L. Cholesterol Reduction and Life Expectancy. Ann Intern Med. ;107:122–123. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-1-122_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(1):122-123.
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