I have been awakened from my slumber by an article which has completely floored me.
On discovering, shock horror, that high HDL levels in men confer longevity, the drug companies saw a marketing opportunity (my highlights):
“It’s difficult to change HDL levels,” Barzilai said. Exercise might raise it a few points, but it isn’t a very efficient way to improve, he said. “We need to get a drug eventually.”
Merck and Roche are both working on an HDL raising drug, he told Reuters Health. Pfizer stopped its research into another such drug, torcetrapib, in 2006 because people taking it along with Lipitor in a study had a higher rate of death. – Reuters
Wow. Just wow.
It should also be noted that Total Cholesterol = Triglycerides + LDL + HDL so if HDL goes up, so will the total. And then they will be in a tizzy because the total is too high.
They didn’t bother to mention what the total cholesterol numbers were for these long lived men but I willing to bet they were at levels which would have Merck and Roche screaming for force feeding of statins.
PS: you don’t need drugs to boost your HDL.