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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Are we soon to see a relaxing in cholesterol guidelines?

S.O.T.T: What is deemed a desirable cholesterol level in the mind of many health professionals has a lot to do with the opinion of panels of 'experts' who, essentially, tell doctors what to think and how to manage their patients. One such endeavour in the US is known as the Adult Treatment Protocol (ATP), which itself is part of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The ATP has seen three versions, the last of which (ATP III) was published in 2002 and updated in 2004. The message from ATP III was loud and clear - individuals should strive to lower their cholesterol levels to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

ATP IV is due later this year. According to this report in the journalNature, there may be relaxing of the rules on cholesterol management. The piece draws attention to some key deficiencies in current cholesterol more>>>...