For years, we’ve heard that there are two primary types of cholesterol on a standard lipid panel that really matter for heart health.
The first one is the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol,” which you want to keep low. The other type is high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good cholesterol,” which you want to have as much of that as possible. Right?
Well, recent research has suggested that the relationship between HDL cholesterol and cardiovascular disease is far more complicated than previously believed. In fact, having high HDL may not necessarily mean that you’re at reduced risk of having a heart attack.
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at HDL, and discuss some important nuances.