Overview Cholesterol and vitamin D

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Cholesterol Paradigm Shift in Japan April 2015 - 100 pages

Towards a Paradigm Shift in Cholesterol Treatment. A Re-examination of the Cholesterol Issue in Japan
Ann Nutr Metab 2015;66(suppl 4):1-116 (DOI:10.1159/000381654)

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Hundreds of charts - here are just two

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  • Chapter 1 Cholesterol and Mortality
  • Chapter 2 Cholesterol and Disease
  • Chapter 3 Familial Hypercholesterolemia: The Key to Solving the Cholesterol Myth
  • Chapter 4 Japan Atherosclerosis Society (JAS) Guidelines
  • Chapter 5 The Latest Edition of the 2012 JAS Guidelines Part I: The Most Important Figure and Table
  • Chapter 8 The Latest Edition of the JAS Guidelines (2012) Part IV: The Adverse Effects of Statins
  • Chapter 9 Are Statins Effective for Preventing Coronary Heart Disease in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Japan, as the 2012 JAS Guidelines Recommend?
  • Chapter 10 Hypertriglyceridemia and Low Levels of High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol: Are They Treatment Targets?

in 167 countries Death rate,   infectious diseases - - -  non-communicable ___,  cardio - - --

    All decrease as Cholesterol is increased

statistics from 167 countries
Detailed files are attached at the bottom of this page

Update Dec 2015 - a reader extracted the data from the spreadsheet

and got the resulting simple Mortality vs cholesterol level chart

Vitamin D is Synthesized From Cholesterol and Found in Cholesterol-Rich Foods Masterjohn 2006


  1. Sources of Vitamin D: Sunlight
  2. Sources of Vitamin D: Cholesterol-Rich Foods
  3. Are Plants and Irradiated Mushrooms a Source of Vitamin D?
  4. The Many Functions of Vitamin D: More Than Just Calcium
  5. Do Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Inhibit Vitamin D Synthesis?
  6. Requirements: How Much Vitamin D Do We Need?
  7. Toxicity: How Much is Too Much?
  8. Make Sure to Get Your Vitamin A
  9. Without Cholesterol, There Is No Vitamin D
      Newer article by same author

From Seafood to Sunshine: A New Understanding of Vitamin D Safety Dec 2006

The Relation of Cholesterol to Vitamin D - 1927

$10.6 billion spent in 2009 in the US on cholesterol lowering foods

Vitamin D and Cholesterol bookby Dr, Grimes reviewed at VitaminDWiki

Quote on Cholesterol and vitamin D from Vitamin D Council

Our most important hormones depend upon adequate reserves of cholesterol for their production and nowhere is this more important than as the precursor substance for the synthesis of Vitamin D, known also as calcitriol. Researchers in this field are sufficiently concerned from the results of their studies to pronounce that we are in the midst of an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency of immense proportion ~ Duane Graveline MD MPH, former NASA Astronaut, former USAF flight surgeon, and retired family doctor.'

from Dr. Oz on VitaminDWiki Cholesterol goes up in the winter to increase the amount to convert to vitamin D

Vitamin D production was dependent on cholesterol and not skin color – Feb 2010

There is a lot of concern that decreasing cholesterol is the WRONG thing to do

A huge number of places on the web describe the problem, such as Cholesterol Skeptics

Decrease in Cholesterol during the last 30 years CDC

from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5837a9.htm

What Is the Connection Between Vitamin D and Cholesterol? WiseGeek

Vitamin D and cholesterol are closely linked, both in bodily processes as well as in nutrition. One important role of cholesterol is that is plays a vital part in the synthesis of vitamin D in the body. In the diet, vitamin D is found in foods that have high levels of cholesterol, such as cod liver oil and eggs. Studies have been done to see if there is a correlation between the levels of vitamin D a person has and their cholesterol levels, but results are inconclusive.

There is a close connection in the body between Vitamin D and cholesterol. One of the biggest sources of vitamin D for individuals is contact with sunlight; upon exposure to sunlight the body can synthesize its own vitamin D. Cholesterol is involved in the process of synthesizing vitamin D from sunlight, and without cholesterol, vitamin D synthesis would be impossible.

Dietary sources also provide a connection between Vitamin D and cholesterol. There is typically a correlation between foods that are rich in vitamin D and cholesterol — that being, foods that are high in vitamin D are often also high in cholesterol. For example, cod liver oil is an excellent source of vitamin D, but it is also very high in cholesterol. Other foods that are high in vitamin D are lard and eggs, two foods that are notorious for being high in cholesterol.

Many scientists are researching a possible correlation between an individual’s levels of vitamin D and cholesterol. High cholesterol, also known as hypercholesterolemia, effects many individuals and increases one’s risk for heart disease and stroke. It is important to keep cholesterol levels under control in order to stay healthy, which is why many are searching to see if there is a correlation between these two nutrients.

Studies seem to show that individuals with higher levels of vitamin D have lower cholesterol levels and are generally healthier overall than individuals with low levels of vitamin D. Yet, these studies do not show a direct correlation between the two. For example, vitamin D is involved in calcium absorption, so having higher levels of vitamin D may mean that more calcium is being absorbed and that calcium is the nutrient actually causing an effect on cholesterol. Individuals with high levels of vitamin D also may have these high levels because they spend a lot of time outdoors in the sunlight doing physical activities, which is one way to reduce cholesterol. Although studies indicate that individuals with high levels of vitamin D have lower cholesterol, it is unknown whether or not this result is directly related to vitamin D.

There are many benefits of vitamin D, such as helping to regulate levels of calcium, preventing osteoporosis, and improving moods. If one chooses to take vitamin D supplements to help lower cholesterol or to gain any of the many benefits of this nutrient, they should choose their supplements carefully. Two popular types of vitamin D are vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is naturally occurring and easy for the body to process. Vitamin D2 is difficult for the body to process and may result in toxicity. Vitamin D3 is the safer supplement to choose, and daily recommended dosages should always be followed.

Written by B. Koch, Edited by Jenn Webb, Last Modified: 04 December 2010

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