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The lowdown on "good" cholesterol
Long touted as beneficial for heart health, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is more complicated than once thought.
Our bodies rely on cholesterol to create cell membranes, make hormones, and synthetize vitamin D, among other things. This waxy fat travels through the blood in tiny particles called lipoproteins, which come in a range of shapes and sizes. But too much of the wrong type in the wrong place can create problems.
The tale of "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is pretty straightforward. Excess LDL ends up in artery walls, triggering plaque buildup and inflammation, and raising heart attack risk. Lowering LDL reduces that risk. But the story of "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is a bit more complex.
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