Harvard Men's Health Watch

Is "good" cholesterol still good for you?

People with high levels of HDL (good) cholesterol are less likely to develop heart disease than those with low HDL. So far, though, the evidence is iffy on whether it's a good idea to use medication to boost a low HDL level. While scientists figure out whether raising HDL with drugs is warranted, it's still a good idea to pay attention to HDL. If it’s on the low side, increasing exercise, quitting smoking, losing weight, and eating a vegetable-rich diet can raise it—do other good things for the heart and the rest of the body. Targeting harmful LDL still provides the most heart healthy bang for the buck.
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