You're never going to get rid of all your LDL or its friends VLDL and IDL, but we can keep LDL from putting stuff everywhere by having a good ratio of HDL to LDL. The idea with the HDL and LDL ratio is that you need a balance: one cleans, one dirties - Gina Keatley


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