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What kind of cholesterol is bad for you?

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The cholesterol that blocks arteries is called low-density lipoprotein, or LDL. Another kind of cholesterol called high-density lipoprotein or HDL is known as good cholesterol because it helps remove LDL from the blood and eventually from the body. For good health, you ideally want to keep the LDL levels down and the HDL levels up. If this balance isn’t maintained, especially if it’s reversed, you are said to have high cholesterol.

From: High Cholesterol in Men WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “High Blood Cholesterol.” 

National Cholesterol Education Program: “High Blood Cholesterol: What you Need to Know.” 

Harvard School of Public Health: “Fats & Cholesterol.” 

American Heart Association. 

Ekelund and others February 2007.  Diabetes Care,

Nicholls and others , Feb 7, 2007.  JAMA

David Ludwig, MD, professor of endocrinology, Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 6, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “High Blood Cholesterol.” 

National Cholesterol Education Program: “High Blood Cholesterol: What you Need to Know.” 

Harvard School of Public Health: “Fats & Cholesterol.” 

American Heart Association. 

Ekelund and others February 2007.  Diabetes Care,

Nicholls and others , Feb 7, 2007.  JAMA

David Ludwig, MD, professor of endocrinology, Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 6, 2018

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