good cholesterol


Definition of good cholesterol

: a lipoprotein of blood plasma that is associated with reduced risk of developing atherosclerosis : hdl Good cholesterol is the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) kind. It is protective of arteries and the heart.— Paul G. Donohue … olive oil has been getting lavish press as a virtuous alternative to other oils and animal fats—it's loaded with monounsaturated fats, which promote the so-called good cholesterol.Forbes — compare bad cholesterol

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Recent Examples on the Web After extensive research revealed the connection between trans fats and the increase of bad cholesterol (LDL), combined with a reduction of good cholesterol (HDL), the US Food and Drug Administration banned trans fats in 2015. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Alzhemier's risk may be 75% higher for people who eat trans fats," 23 Oct. 2019 The move recognized that South Asian patients tend to carry lower levels of good cholesterol in their blood, among other health distinctions. Kate Thayer,, "South Asians make up 60 percent of heart disease patients: ‘Everyone knows somebody who has had a heart attack’," 26 Nov. 2019 Non-meat proteins such as vegetables, dairy, and legumes, including beans, show the best cholesterol benefit, according to the new study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Susan Scutti, CNN, "White meat is just as bad for you as red beef when it comes to your cholesterol level, study says," 4 June 2019 Both diets are high in Omega-3s which lower blood pressure, increase good cholesterol, reduce bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of diabetes. NBC News, "What is the Nordic diet — and why do doctors, dietitians and even psychiatrists like it so much?," 22 June 2018 And while eggs may be high in total cholesterol, much of that is due to their high HDL, or good cholesterol. Alice Park, Time, "Eating an Egg a Day May Keep Heart Disease Away, a New Study Says," 21 May 2018 And high levels of good cholesterol are associated with protection against heart disease. Jill U. Adams, Washington Post, "Statins help lower cholesterol, but are they the treatment for you?," 26 Feb. 2018 Plus, drinking just one or two drinks per day does help keep good cholesterol high, according to the American Heart Association. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Alcohol and Your Health: What Studies Say About the Effects of Drinking," 23 Feb. 2018 More importantly, steroid use increases levels of low density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) while decreasing levels of good cholesterol. Philip D. Harvey, Ph.d., miamiherald, "A long history of athletes using performance-enhancing drugs | Miami Herald," 9 Feb. 2018

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Good cholesterol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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Medical Definition of good cholesterol

: hdl

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