Rather than rethinking whether or not cholesterol was truly the root cause of heart attacks and heart disease, and in spite of advice from the international community, the American medical population continued to pursue the idea that reducing cholesterol levels would reduce heart problems.
In the same era, drug companies developed an arsenal of cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins. Two hundred (200) became the new number for good cholesterol, one hundred points lower than the original figure! Diet and exercise were no longer sufficient prevent heart attacks naturally, and most people needed drugs to come close to the figure.
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