Women and HDL: Is “Good” Good Enough?

For years, we have divided cholesterol into the “good” and the “bad.” High-density lipoprotein, or HDL cholesterol, is the good kind, and having high HDL levels is considered protective against heart disease. Low-density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol, is the bad kind, and is associated with a higher risk of heart disease. However, research in the…

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Cholesterol: Making these Mistakes Will Get You Sick

Cholesterol levels tell your doctor about the fats in your blood. Unhealthy levels are linked to hardening of the arteries, which can cause heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Your numbers include “bad” (LDL) and “good” (HDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides, a common fat in your body. If you understand where your numbers are and what…

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