We have many postings here at JS on the problem of treating the numbers to prevent heart and vascular disease and the side effects and problems with statins.
Here is a succinct discussion by an emeritus prof of surgery U of Washington School of Medicine. Published by my favorite editor, Jane Orient MD, Internist and exec of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons.
Treating lipid numbers and cholesterol may be the foundation of one of the largest religions in the western world.
I know plenty of people who haven’t been to church much but know their good lipid numbers and bad lipid numbers and such.
I would remind you that genetics and other unknowns may be more important, only extremely bad numbers are associated with significant risk.
As for more detail on magic numbers for lipids and cholesterol and the debate about statins, read this essay by Dr. Miller, who is published by Dr. Orient and the Journal of the American Association of PHysicians and Surgeons, good info for you old duffers who worry about these things. I am a young at heart duffer/emergency physician and I don’t worry so much: