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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

POWs Have Higher Good Cholesterol

Okay, I read this article as was prepared to say, "What in the hell are you talking about." Especially after reading the first I was still ready to be angry.

The terrible conditions suffered by former Japanese prisoners-of-war may, perversely, have contributed in later life to higher-than-average rates of "good cholesterol," according to research recently presented to a medical conference in London.
I read that and I couldn't believe it. I get so sick of people trying to find a smidgen of 'good' out of a horrific thing like this.

Reading the rest of the article soothed the anger.

Gill says the findings may be due to the conditions the former POWs endured. Equally the results may just be representative of the fact that they were a physically strong group which survived the camps.
Gee, you think?

There is a bunch more, then it finally ends with...

Although POWs may have a lower risk of heart disease, their overall life expectancy has been reduced as a result of their wartime experiences.

They have suffered higher-than-average rates of liver disease, duodenal ulcers, chronic lung disease and neurological diseases caused by malnutrition. In addition, a third of Japanese POWs have suffered post traumatic stress. Around 15 percent of survivors are also still suffering from tropical worm infections they picked up in the Far East.

But thank goodness for that 'good' cholesterol!