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Our understanding of the HDL story has changed. It’s not just [about] increasing HDL; it might be that only a specific population will respond to that increase positively - Dr. Bassem Masri

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Raising ‘good’ cholesterol doesn’t protect against heart disease after all, study finds

I used to be thrilled that my blood level of HDL cholesterol, the so-called good cholesterol, was high, the likely result of my devotion to daily physical activity. After all, HDL, for high-density lipoprotein, acts like an arterial cleanser, removing cholesterol from blood vessels and preparing it for removal outside the body.

An ample supply of HDL cholesterol in blood serum has long been linked to protection against coronary heart disease and stroke, so what could be bad?

I now know that, as with many other good things in life, there can be too much of this usually helpful protein. The best available evidence has shown that most of us would probably be best off aiming for…

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