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HDL AND LDL

ANCHOR LEAD:   HDL CHOLESTEROL REMAINS IMPORTANT, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

There’s no question that too much LDL, or low density lipoprotein cholesterol, is a killer.  That’s what statins help to lower.  But more evidence continues to mount regarding the protective powers of high HDL.  Rick Lange, chief of clinical cardiology at Johns Hopkins, explains.

LANGE:  If your LDL is low, does HDL really matter?  And in this study in the New England Journal of Medicine of about 10,000 individuals, who received a medication to lower their LDL cholesterol, to very low levels, that is, below 70 milligrams per deciliter, HDL still mattered.  That is, individuals who had a low HDL, even in the setting of a low LDL, were at risk for cardiovascular events, compared to those who had elevated HDL levels.                      :27

Lange says the best ways to increase your HDL are weight loss, exercise, and an alcoholic drink each day.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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