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Study debates if “good” cholesterol is really good for us.

A recent study in The Lancet questions whether the existing belief that high HDL cholesterol levels are really beneficial.  Traditionally higher levels of HDL have been believed to be associated with lower levels of heart disease and a lower incidence of heart attacks.  The study found no correlation with higher levels of HDL and a reduction of the incidence of heart attacks.

The inverse, that lower HDL levels predicted heart disease, was not studied and for the time being should still be accepted as a strong indicator.

Source: The Lancet  Photo: CC BY 3.0

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