Many Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients may be unaware of research which has previously shown that people with CKD who have high cholesterol levels are LESS likely to die from a Cardiovascular Disease "event," than those with lower cholesterol levels. This is likely attributed to the fact that high cholesterol levels in CKD patients have been correlated with lower levels of malnutrition and inflammation, two complications related to CKD.
This is an important finding because Cardiovascular Disease is a common condition and cause of death in CKD patients. While in the general population high cholesterol levels increase the risk of Cardiovascular Disease and death, the association is not so clear in the CKD Community, according to an American Society of Nephrology study.
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The inverse relationship between high cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease and mortality may be explained by the lack of malnutrition and inflammation in those with CKD. KidneyBuzz.com is not suggesting that high cholesterol is good for anyone. However, as people with CKD manage their cholesterol levels they should insure that they take a
comprehensive view of all of their health issues (co-morbidities) including malnutrition and inflammation, to achieve their desired health outcomes.
The study's author Dr. Gabriel Contreras said, " Whereas traditional risk factors such as elevated blood cholesterol levels remain important, they appear to compete and interact with non-traditional risk factors such as malnutrition and inflammation." Readers should be aware that this study was published sometime ago and the conclusions presented may not be the most current. Hence, any conflict that you may have about your personal health and these findings should be referred to your Nephrologists for clarification.
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Preidt, Robert. "Cholesterol Levels Count in Kidney Disease Patients: Study." Cholesterol Levels Count in Kidney Disease Patients: Study. American Society of Nephrology.