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Does alcohol affect my cholesterol?

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Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol is linked to higher HDL levels. If you don't drink now, check with your doctor before you start, since alcohol has some risks not related to cholesterol.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What Is Cholesterol?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Cholesterol?"

Jenkins, D. , Dec. 14, 2010. Canadian Medical Association Journal

CDC: "Nutrition for Everyone: Polyunsaturated Fats and Monounsaturated Fats."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on March 18, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What Is Cholesterol?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Cholesterol?"

Jenkins, D. , Dec. 14, 2010. Canadian Medical Association Journal

CDC: "Nutrition for Everyone: Polyunsaturated Fats and Monounsaturated Fats."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on March 18, 2018

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