If you are over the age of 60 it’s time to stop fretting about your total cholesterol and low density cholesterol levels. Unless perhaps the levels are on the low side. Indeed total mortality rates are at least the same and usually better if your cholesterol levels are high. Many doctors now believe it is the PATTERN of different lipid levels that is much more important, particularly high triglycerides and low HDL.
This systematic review tells the story:
Lack of an association or an inverse association between low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and mortality in the elderly: a systematic review — Ravnskov et al. 6 (6) — BMJ Open