Question about Cholesterol with my response Posted on January 13, 2012, 0 Comments

Bob and I have been taking capsules of apple-cider vinegar twice a day (4 today a day) for over six months at Kathryne's suggestion. Yesterday I read in the paper that they are not good for you. This was not the result of a study, just the opinion of the doctor who gives advice in the AJC weekly. I can show you the article. What is your opinion of taking apple-cider vinegar capsules? Thank you, Mary.

My question to you would be why are you taking them?

Because Kathryne said they would lower cholesterol and mine was a little high at this recent annual exam. The doctor said everything was excellent except my cholesterol. So that's why.

Longevity is predicated on higher cholesterol levels.
As people age, cholesterol levels should go up:

New Study Finds that Low Cholesterol in Elderly Doubles Risk of Early Death

Study finds that elderly with cholesterol less that 189 had a double risk of dying.

Physicians were informed to consider very low levels of cholesterol as potential warning signs of a serious disease or as signals of rapidly declining health.

The study included 4520 men and women between the ages of 65-84.

The study concluded that low total cholesterol was associated with a higher risk of death.

Low cholesterol level is a robust predictor of mortality in the nondemented elderly and may be a surrogate of frailty or subclinical disease according to the research team.

References:

Brescianini S, Maggi S, Farchi G, Mariotti S, Di Carlo A, Baldereschi M, Inzitari D; ILSA Group. Low total cholesterol and increased risk of dying: are low levels clinical warning signs in the elderly? Results from the Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Jul;51(7):991-6.

Schupf N, Costa R, Luchsinger J, Tang MX, Lee JH, Mayeux R. Relationship between plasma lipids and all-cause mortality in nondemented elderly. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Feb;53(2):219-26.