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Is Higher HDL Cholesterol Really Better?

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On the negative side, the study subjects were primarily older white men, which did not allow for a diverse population study.

Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly is an assistant professor of medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine, co-director of the VA St. Louis Health Care System’s Clinical Epidemiology Center, and a researcher in the study.

Aly explained that this new data is timely because recent clinical trials have also failed to achieve the expected results.

When testing drugs intended to increase the levels of HDL cholesterol, clinical study researchers were surprised when the drugs failed to decrease the risks of heart disease. Even when the medications succeeded in raising HDL levels, patient heart health did not improve.

“I think our analytic approach explains some of that,” said Aly. “Maybe too much of a good thing is actually a bad thing.”

If you are currently taking a prescription drug to increase HDL levels, talk to your doctor before making any changes to your medication.

If you have questions about your cholesterol levels or heart health, talk to your health care provider.

Reviewed September 12, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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