By Marika Sboros
Many people have asked Scottish GP Malcolm Kendrick to comment on a controversial new study about cholesterol that is making headlines around the world.
Or rather, as Kendrick says, making the wrong headlines.
He has written a blog that isn’t so much a commentary on the study as an evisceration of it. For robust scientific reason.
The authors of the study, published in the Lancet journal, say that doctors should start checking cholesterol levels in people in their mid-20s. And if certain levels are high, get them to make dietary changes and take drugs to lower their cholesterol.
In other words, they push for more use of statins from age 25 upwards.