Experts: “The Cholesterol and Calorie Hypotheses Are Both Dead”

Is the cholesterol hypothesis dead? A new report questions the link between cholesterol and heart disease, and is critical of the aggressive focus on LDL cholesterol and statin drugs.

Also, the focus on calories for lifestyle interventions is not helpful. We should focus much more on the quality of foods, and recommend a “high fat and low glycaemic load Mediterranean diet”.

The authors of the report are Dr. Malhotra, Professor Lustig and investigative medical reporter Maryanne Demasi. It’s well worth reading:

It’s clear appropriate lifestyle interventions deliver far more impressive results compared to those of current medications without the side-effects and at a much lower cost

– Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Express: STATINS WARNING: Heart medicine pills ‘do more HARM than good’

The Pharmaceutical Journal: The cholesterol and calorie hypotheses are both dead — it is time to focus on the real culprit: insulin resistance




The Demonization and Deception in Research on Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Heart Disease

New Study: Taking Statins to Prevent Heart Disease May Shorten the Lives of People over 65

A Wonder Drug for Heart Attacks Which “Does Not Work”


  1. bill
    ...and yet you still link to Authority Nutrition where
    people will find this, just today:

    "High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the world... Interestingly, polyphenols may help lower cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart disease..."
    ...and this:
    "Other polyphenols, including those from whole grain wheat..." (promoting whole grain consumption)

    Dr. E team: Why is your site so schizophrenic?

    Reply: #6
  2. Jeroen
    the article is dead too it seems...
  3. Andre
    Yes, it did not take long for their sponsors to react and get the report roved....
  4. Jan
    The article is alive and well, but you must accept cookies in order to be able to see it.
  5. Bob
    Nope. Definitely down for me. It doesn't mention cookies.
  6. Robert
    If someone wants only one-sided arguments, and wants to be completely shielded from any kind of counter arguments, may I suggest joining a cult instead of reading dietdoctor?

    Also featured heavily on this site is Dr. Jason Fung, who has said whole grains isn't the problem.

    Excellent article on the benefits of polyphenols by the way, reminds me to get my dose of chocolate and red wine...

    Reply: #7
  7. bill
    Using your logic, Dr. E should link to Dean Ornish
    and Caldwell Esselstyn, and their ilk. Wouldn't want to
    just read one side of the issue, now would we?

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