Cholesterol: Elderly

Health written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on the effects of cholesterol on the health of older people; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department has not received any representations regarding the effects of cholesterol on the health of older people.

However, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is due to consult on draft recommendations on cardiovascular risk assessment and the modification of blood lipids (cholesterol) for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The consultation will be open until 22 August 2007.

The draft guideline is expected to address the issue of identifying those most likely to be at higher risk of developing CVD. Age is one of the risk factors involved.

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