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Dr. Frank Aieta

Dr. Aieta is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician, a Nutritionist and is certified in Acupuncture. He specializes in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease, including Lyme disease, utilizing the most advanced natural therapeutics.

He offers a wide range of natural, non-toxic treatments, which include: Acupuncture, Spinal Manipulation, Clinical Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle Counseling, Detoxification, Pain Management, Herbal Medicine, and Natural Hormone Balancing.

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When it comes to blood cholesterol levels, the consensus among most of my MD counterparts is the lower the better.

I recently came across a very interesting study that I’d like to share the highlights of right here.

Before I do, I’d like to present 2 factual statements. 80% percent of deaths associated with covid-19 in the United States were in adults aged 65 and older. According to the CDC more than 50% of people over the age of 65 years old are on statin (cholesterol lowering) drug therapy.

Now back to the study that I came across, please check out the highlights below and I leave you with the following question to mull over:

Since the elderly are at the highest risk of dying of covid-19, is it wise to use cholesterol lowering drugs in this population.....or better yet, any age group?

So here we go:

Low cholesterol levels are associated with higher death rates from respiratory diseases
Iribarren, C test al. “Serum total cholesterol and the risk of hospitalization, and death from respiratory disease”. International Journal of Epidemiology. 1997 Dec;26(6):1191-202

This study examined the association of cholesterol levels with respiratory diseases. The study included 48,188 men and 55,276 women with an age range of 25-89, who were followed for 15 years, with a total of 976,866 person years of observation.

The study found that for patients requiring hospitalization:

-Those with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 41% increased risk of being hospitalized with pneumonia and influenza compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

-Those with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 17% increased risk of being hospitalized with COPD (bronchitis and emphysema) compared to those with the highest levels, once again above 240nmg/dL

-Those with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 13% increased risk of being hospitalized with asthma compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

-Those with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 35% increased risk of being hospitalized with other respiratory diseases (rhinitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, asbestosis, empyema, pulmonary fibrosis, pleurisy, rheumatic pneumonia) compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

With regard to DEATH from respiratory diseases, the study found:

-Men with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 87% increased risk of death from pneumonia and influenza compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

-Women with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 41% increased risk of death from pneumonia and influenza compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

-Men with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 35% increased risk of death from bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma compared with men with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

-Women with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 79% increased risk of death from bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma compared with women with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dl

-Men with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 96% increased risk of death due to other respiratory diseases (rhinitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, asbestosis, empyema, pulmonary fibrosis, pleurisy, rheumatic pneumonia) compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

-Women with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a whopping 126% increased risk of death due to other respiratory diseases (rhinitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, asbestosis, empyema, pulmonary fibrosis, pleurisy, rheumatic pneumonia) compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

Conclusion:
The results of this 15 year study show that low cholesterol levels are associated with more hospitalizations and higher death rates from respiratory diseases.

I’m definitely not telling anyone out there to stop taking their prescribed medication but I think the presented information should absolutely warrant at least a conversation with your physician.......regardless of your age.
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When it comes to blood cholesterol levels, the consensus among most of my MD counterparts is the lower the better.  

I recently came across a very interesting study that I’d like to share the highlights of right here.  

Before I do, I’d like to present 2 factual statements.  80% percent of deaths associated with covid-19 in the United States were in adults aged 65 and older.  According to the CDC more than 50% of people over the age of 65 years old are on statin (cholesterol lowering) drug therapy.  

Now back to the study that I came across, please check out the highlights below and I leave you with the following question to mull over:  

Since the elderly are at the highest risk of dying of covid-19, is it wise to use cholesterol lowering drugs in this population.....or better yet, any age group?

So here we go:

Low cholesterol levels are associated with higher death rates from respiratory diseases 
Iribarren, C test al. “Serum total cholesterol and the risk of hospitalization, and death from respiratory disease”.  International Journal of Epidemiology. 1997 Dec;26(6):1191-202

This study examined the association of cholesterol levels with respiratory diseases.  The study included 48,188 men and 55,276 women with an age range of 25-89, who were followed for 15 years, with a total of 976,866 person years of observation.

The study found that for patients requiring hospitalization:

-Those with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 41% increased risk of being hospitalized with pneumonia and influenza compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

-Those with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 17% increased risk of being hospitalized with COPD (bronchitis and emphysema) compared to those with the highest levels, once again above 240nmg/dL 

-Those with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 13% increased risk of being hospitalized with asthma compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

-Those with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 35% increased risk of being hospitalized with other respiratory diseases (rhinitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, asbestosis, empyema, pulmonary fibrosis, pleurisy, rheumatic pneumonia) compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

With regard to DEATH from respiratory diseases, the study found:

-Men with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 87% increased risk of death from pneumonia and influenza compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

-Women with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL,  had a 41% increased risk of death from pneumonia and influenza compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

-Men with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 35% increased risk of death from bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma compared with men with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

-Women with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 79% increased risk of death from bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma compared with women with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dl 

-Men with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a 96% increased risk of death due to other respiratory diseases (rhinitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, asbestosis, empyema, pulmonary fibrosis, pleurisy, rheumatic pneumonia) compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

-Women with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL, had a whopping 126% increased risk of death due to  other respiratory diseases (rhinitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, asbestosis, empyema, pulmonary fibrosis, pleurisy, rheumatic pneumonia) compared with those with the highest cholesterol levels, above 240 mg/dL

Conclusion: 
The results of this 15 year study show that low cholesterol levels are associated with more hospitalizations and higher death rates from respiratory diseases.

I’m definitely not telling anyone out there to stop taking their prescribed medication but I think the presented information should absolutely warrant at least a conversation with your physician.......regardless of your age.

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Great information Dr Aieta. Since our first appointment, I've been questioning SO much. These relationships with cholesterol and Civid are super interesting. As far as the high cholesterol scare tactics...We've been told for years high cholesterol puts us at risk for heart disease, yet this seems to be inaccurate (?) Are higher homocysteine levels and triglycerides a better indication of potential heart issues? If not, then what? Thanks!

Correlation does not equal causation. I'm no fan of statins. I've seen muscle weakness, muddled thinking, and other issues develop when friends started statins.

wondering if any of these people in these studies were smokers at some point in their lives?

Thanks for sharing this information! I would greatly appreciate a post on any supplements to keep our kids strong for the upcoming school year. 💛

Me toooooooo and for some reason, women seem to develop the muscle and joint pain especially.

thank you for keeping everyone educated🙂

Julie- Dee Koch good info in this post. 🙂

Much appreciated information

As always, you are right on the mark! My cholesterol is 213 and I'm perfectly fine with that number. My husbands? 140 and yes, he's on Lipitor. NO way I'd take that stuff, EVER! Thank you for continuing to keep us informed, that's all you can do.

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