Cholesterol Levels Vary by Season

Cholesterol levels vary with the seasons, reaching their highest levels in the winter months and lowering in the summer. Although the reasons for this are still being determined, it was suggested that warmer weather in the summer and more activity probably contribute to a dilution of the blood cholesterol. However, this could mean that larger numbers of people are being diagnosed as having high cholesterol in the winter and some people may be misdiagnosed with high cholesterol if measurements are taken in winter, which adds to the already huge numbers of people who "experts" say should be on cholesterol lowering drugs. If you were to believe the "experts," half of Americans should be placed on these dangerous statin drugs.

EurekAlert! April 26, 2004

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