High density lipoprotein
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 is often called “good” cholesterol
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 levels are often associated with lack of exercise.
- Increased physical activity can help improve HDL levels.