AUG 02, 2017 7:04 PM PDT

HDL Cholesterol Isn't As 'Good' As Originally Thought

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard


There are two kinds of cholesterol: LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein). LDL is considered the "bad" cholesterol that you should avoid, while HDL is considered the "good."

Why? It comes down to the fact that researchers have long thought LDL cholesterol clogged your arteries while HDL helped clean them up, but new studies have revealed that there's more to cholesterol than meets the eye; instead, perhaps HDL cholesterol isn't as miraculous for the body as originally thought.

Statistically speaking, people with more HDL in their systems seem to be just as likely to develop heart disease as those with less; in other words, HDL might not be cleaning up your arteries as much as health experts initially thought it did.

These findings are somewhat polarizing to what we've been getting told for years, so it could mean that cholesterol treatments are apt to change drastically in the future.

In the meantime, you can avoid heart disease by eating healthier low-cholesterol foods and exercising regularly. It may not sound as appetizing, but your health will thank you.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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