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
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Examples of good cholesterol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But research examining increases in HDL so far hasn’t shown any subsequent reduction in heart problems, and medications that raise your good cholesterol don’t stave off those risks, either. Sarah Klein, TIME, 10 July 2024 Kale also contains a ton of other macro- and micronutrients that have been proven to support heart health, eye health, and good cholesterol levels as well as protect against certain diseases like cancer. Ana Morales, Vogue, 17 Apr. 2024 Aerobic exercise has been shown to improve lipid profiles (increasing HDL/good cholesterol levels), per World Journal of Cardiology research, and insulin sensitivity, according to research published in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. Megan Falk, Women's Health, 4 Sep. 2023 The second type is high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is often called good cholesterol. Erica Sweeney, Men's Health, 27 July 2023 For those who can do keto, possible good side effects beyond weight loss may be improvements in blood sugar, good cholesterol, or mood. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 16 June 2023 His blood pressure rose as his good cholesterol tanked. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 1 June 2023 This healthy fat, which is also found in olive oil, helps to increase our good cholesterol (HDL) and reduce the bad one (LDL). Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 Apr. 2023 Vitamin D is essential for maintaining good cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and dental health. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of good cholesterol was in 1977

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“Good cholesterol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

good cholesterol

: hdl
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