HDL, the "Good" Cholesterol, May Not be So Good After All

The website, The Singularity Hub, is reporting on a study that suggests HDL is not the ally against heart disease that we've been lead to believe it is. From the article:

The revelation that high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is the “good cholesterol” has suffered a major blow. A meta-studyinvolving over a hundred thousand participants used two different strategies to see if genetic mutations that increased levels of HDL also decreased risk for heart disease. In both cases the answer was a resounding no. The researchers were shocked when they saw the data. Now it’s their turn to shock HDL proponents and drug companies looking to cash in on the HDL craze.

The study, which was published recently in The Lancet, is causing quite a stir in the field. As Dr. James de Lemos, from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, told the New York Times, “I’d say the HDL hypothesis is on the ropes right now.” Dr. de Lemos was not involved in the study.

Read the entire article at The Singularity Hub.

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Posted on May 25, 2012 .