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Cholesterol Does Not Predict Stroke in Women

Researchers have found that high levels of cholesterol do not predict the risk of stroke in women.  There was an increased risk for men -- but only when cholesterol was at almost twice the average level.

The research followed close to 14,000 men and women over the course of 33 years. Cholesterol levels in women were not found to be associated with stroke.

BBC News reports:

“[The researchers] did notice a link, in both men and women, between the risk of stroke and non-fasting triglycerides.  They believe these fats are a marker for ‘remnant cholesterol’ which is left behind when other forms of cholesterol are made.”

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