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HDL cholesterol: How much is enough?

Research suggests that raising good cholesterol beyond a certain point doesn’t offer any extra benefit for the heart. When it comes to cholesterol, it’s mostly about the numbers. You want less of the “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and more of the “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) kind. This combination is often associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Sounds simple—and it is, for the most part. But while most attention is…

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