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What makes HDL good

Submitted by on April 7, 2010 – 7:58 pm | 2,231 views

If you have had your cholesterol checked, you received a report indicating your total cholesterol, HDL (sometimes referred to as “good” cholesterol), LDL (sometimes referred to as “bad” cholesterol) and triglycerides.

I wanted to discuss what makes HDL good and why it is important to keep the HDL above 50mg/dl of blood.

HDL (high density lipoprotein) removes cholesterol (a component of plaque) from arterial walls. HDL also protects LDL (low density lipoprotein) against oxidation and protects the endothelium (inner wall of the artery) from inflammation- one of the primary factors that cause atherosclerosis.

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