There are strong scientific evidences that cholesterol isn’t bad for your health. In fact, its quite the opposite (cholesterol is good for you). I read numerous scientific studies clearly showing that high cholesterol has no impact on heart disease.
From what I’ve read, what is bad and causing heart disease is the “oxydation of the LDL” (LDL is also fasely known as the bad cholesterol). Now, a high level of LDL in your blood isn’t bad at all, in fact, there are again strong scientific evidence that shows that LDL is in fact an anti-inflammatory substance (that’s why people having heart problem have often a high level of LDL, since you have some inflammations in your arteries, your body produces LDL (anti-inflammatory) to counteract the inflammations in your arteries.
So lowering your LDL or cholesterol is a very bad idea in that case (and apparently in any case) since you basically shut down your body natural defences to inflammation.
Now, what cause heart disease? I would point trans fat, smoking, bad food choices, processed carbs, bad control of your glycemic index, etc. which could lead into oxydation of your LDL.
So my advice is not to take drugs to lower your cholesterol and make some research before. Watching the movie Fat Head (see link below) could be a good first step.
Here’s some resources for those of you who wants to know more about cholesterol:
-There’s an excellent (and funny) documentary called Fat Head (http://www.fathead-movie.com/) that talks about saturated fat and Cholesterol. Here’s a clip from the movie exposing how we got to adopt the current dogma about cholesterol being a bad thing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8WA5wcaHp4
-And here’s some blog from doctors devoted to the cholesterol question:
Hope this help.