High density lipoprotein

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High density lipoprotein (HDL) (lip-o-PRO-teen) is a compound made up of fat and protein that carries cholesterol in the blood to the liver, where it is broken down and excreted. Commonly called "good" cholesterol, high levels of HDL cholesterol are linked to a lower risk of heart disease.

HDL
HDL

HDL is an abbreviation for high density lipoprotein that refers to blood cholesterol

Other names

HDL is often called “good” cholesterol

Function

HDL carries cholesterol from tissues to the liver. The liver removes the cholesterol from the body.

Testing

Healthy cholesterol levels
Healthy cholesterol levels

Normal values

Men should aim for an HDL of 40 mg/DL or higher. Women should aim for an HDL of 50 mg/DL or higher.

Low HDL

  • Low HDL levels are often associated with lack of exercise.
  • Increased physical activity can help improve HDL levels.

Also see

External links

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