The Real Story About “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol

I’ve lost 50 pounds on the Virgin Diet! My cholesterol is looking much better, but my LDL is still higher than normal. What should I do? A podcast listener recently asked me that question, and it’s a perfect illustration of how the cholesterol conversation has changed. A generation ago, patients only heard whether their cholesterol was high or low. Now, most people understand there’s actually “good” and “bad” cholesterol, and your annual physical measures both HDL and LDL. But what exactly do those tests mean? Living in the Wild West Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in little packages called “lipoproteins.” …

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