In episode 200, James and Mike unveil the new BS Medicine Podcast. For their first topic they rant on and on about why most cholesterol measurements are pretty much a waste of time. We talk about how the breakpoints are arbitrary and lack any specific logic and that given the within-person variation, annual measurements really don’t have any value. At the end we brilliantly segue to a discussion on cranberry juice for UTIs.
1) AACE Cholesterol Guidelines ￼￼
Endocr Pract 2012;18:1-78
2) 2012 update of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of dyslipidemia for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in the adult
Can J Cardiol 2013;29:151-67
3) The SANDS Randomised Trial
4) Monitoring cholesterol levels: Measurement Error or True Change?
Ann Intern Med 2008;148:656-61
5) Do you need to know cholesterol to assess risk?
Arch Intern Med 2012;172:1766-8
5) When to remeasure cardiovascular risk in untreated people at low and intermediate risk:observational study