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Does so-called good cholesterol really protect from heart disease?

A new study challenges the notion that HDL or so-called good cholesterol protects us from heart disease.
Findings published by University of Maryland researchers suggests maybe we shouldn't be comfortable with the notion that HDL or high density lipoproteins in our blood are an indicator that our heart disease risk is low.
First study reveals more about HDL cholesterol not so protective effect
The researchers looked at cohort data from 25 years from the Framingham Heart Study. The focus was to determine the impact of high triglyceride levels, "bad", or LDL cholesterol and HDL on heart disease risk.
Men and women without heart disease were followed between 1987 and 2011. The study included 3,590 men and women.
What the researchers found is that HDL cholesterol's protective effect isn't exactly what we thought.
Senior author Michael Miller, MD, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and preventive cardiologist at the Uni…