“Reg Park’s theory was that first you have to build the mass and then chisel it down to get the quality; you work on your body the way a sculptor would work on a piece of clay or wood or steel. You rough it out””the more carefully, the more thoroughly, the better”” then you start to cut and define. You work it down gradually until it’s ready to be rubbed and polished. And that’s when you really know about the foundation. Then all the faults of poor early training stand out as hopeless, almost irreparable flaws. [..]
The Demark paper is consistent with healthy high LDL being a side-effect of HDL efficiency in a high-fat population, while unhealthy high LDL (or any LDL) will associate with poor HDL function.
Many people are diagnosed with CVD or T2DM over the age of 50, probably most are, there’s a bit of discussion around this in the paper. And the lowest LDL category, < mmol/L, includes the healthy recommendation – it's not some freakishly low "occult disease" group.
As the statin use was voluntary not randomised it's hard to say what effect it had.