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    Good cholesterol just a myth? Higher levels do not lower heart disease risk

    Mainstream health writers are as bad as mainstream fitness writers.

    I have said before it is the ratio of HDL and LDL that is the key. The western diet has way too much LDL. Doing the reverse with HDL isn't going to help matters.

    Good cholesterol just a myth? Higher levels do not lower heart disease risk

    There may be no such thing as good cholesterol after all, according to researchers with the National Institutes of Health.


    Their study found that the healthy blood fats do not protect against cardiovascular disease and can even increase the risk. Known medically as high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the team adds these levels may not be an effective screening tool for patients at risk of heart disease.


    Low levels displayed a link to heart attacks in Caucasians but did not increase the risk among their Black peers. Meanwhile, high amounts did not benefit either group. The findings are based on a review of almost 24,000 adults across the U.S.


    The goal was to understand this long-established link that labels HDL as the beneficial cholesterol, and if thats true for all ethnicities, says senior author Nathalie Pamir, Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine within the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, in a media release. Its been well accepted that low HDL cholesterol levels are detrimental, regardless of race. Our research tested those assumptions.


    The study adds to evidence that cholesterol can become abnormal and lead to blocked blood vessels. A bloodstream tussle takes place between bad or LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol which dumps fat in the arteries and good cholesterol that sweeps it away.


    However, evidence is growing that more of the latter is not always better. The latest results may help find new ways to protect the heart. Eating olive oil, fish, and nuts raises levels of HDL cholesterol. It is one of the things doctors test for when predicting your risk for a future heart attack. Repeated trials that raise HDL with drugs have flopped, however, leading doctors to think something else is going on.


    Bad cholesterol still increases heart disease risk slightly

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    I always run low HDL and low LDL. (bottom of the range)
    The doctor is never concerned because both are low.

    This seems to say the same thing? You can't fix bad cholesterol.
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    You might find this interesting. I just watched this last night. Dr. Berg talks about LDL cholestorol, why and how plaque in the arteries is formed, and what we can do to try and prevent it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolina73 View Post
    I always run low HDL and low LDL. (bottom of the range)
    The doctor is never concerned because both are low.

    This seems to say the same thing? You can't fix bad cholesterol.
    Exercise increases one’s HDL level. High LDL levels can be lowered with many people, but not with everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolina73 View Post
    I always run low HDL and low LDL. (bottom of the range)
    The doctor is never concerned because both are low.

    This seems to say the same thing? You can't fix bad cholesterol.
    Docs tend to only care about total cholesterol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    Docs tend to only care about total cholesterol.
    I don’t believe that’s accurate. LDL levels still seems to be what they are most concerned with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    Docs tend to only care about total cholesterol.
    The benefit of living with a aerobics and Yoga instructor.
    The down side is where's the beef?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahuyaman View Post
    I don’t believe that’s accurate. LDL levels still seems to be what they are most concerned with.
    Well, yes they care about LDL. But ultimately if your total cholesterol is over 250 even if your HDL is high and LDL is low, they will say that there is a problem. Many will still suggest stains. And can't or won't explain why they are worried about the total number when the HDL is high but LDL low.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolina73 View Post
    The benefit of living with a aerobics and Yoga instructor.
    The down side is where's the beef?
    Grass fed beef is good for your cholesterol.

    Good choice on the wife.
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