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‘Good’ cholesterol tied to higher infectious disease risk

April 12, 2018

What is typically referred to as “good cholesterol” is now facing closer scrutiny from researchers. A new study has found a link between a higher risk of infectious diseases and high and low levels of this type of cholesterol alike.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, also known as “good cholesterol,” has thus far been called as such because high levels of it help to “flush” the cholesterol out of the system by carrying it to the liver.

Therefore, high levels of HDL cholesterol reportedly help to lower the risk of heart disease.

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