Past studies have revealed that higher HDL, or “good,” cholesterol levels lead to lower risk of heart disease. A new study of more than 2,400 participants now reveals that individuals with the highest levels of HDL cholesterol are 20 percent less likely to develop bowel cancer than those with low HDL.
HDL has been shown to be anti-inflammatory; chronic inflammation is associated with the development of cancer. LDL low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad," cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is known as "good" cholesterol because it helps prevent arteries from becoming clogged.
The Mayo Clinic has reported that lifestyle habits, like eating a healhy diet and exercising, influence healthy cholesterol levels. Whole grains, nuts, omega-3 fatty acids, and plant sterols help increase HDL cholesterol levels. Read more about the link between cholesterol and diet.
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