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Low levels of HDL (the good cholesterol) appear connected to many health risks, not just heart disease

By: Deepak Bhatt, M.D., MPH, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter Most everyone these days is aware that a high level of cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. For years, the thinking has been that there is “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and “good” cholesterol (HDL cholesterol). Studies of populations (epidemiological research) have clearly demonstrated a strong association between low levels of LDL cholesterol and a lower risk of developing heart disease. LDL…

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