Good Cholesterol: US Researchers Reveal the Probable Effect of HDL on the Heart in Diabetic Patients

By on Oct 9, 2011 in Announcement, Food, Health, Lifestyle, Science, United States Comments

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According to various science news reports on October 7, good cholesterol, also called HDL (High Density Lipoprotein,) may lower the risk of heart attack in Type 2 diabetic patients.

Reportedly, a study in Portland, Oregon conducted by Gregory Nichols et al at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, and published in The American Journal of Cardiology has indicated the findings.

Earlier scientific data supported by books like “The Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry,” established the fact that good cholesterol helps prevent Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) like Myocardial Infarction (MI) or heart attack.

In addition, HDL concentration in the blood is affected by several factors like heredity, smoking, exercise, obesity, hormones and diet. People with elevated good cholesterol levels were documented to have a diet that included foods rich in fish oil (cod liver oil), omega-3 fatty acids, most fruit and vegetable oils. This type of diet was found also in persons with reduced blood total cholesterol concentrations.

Some doctors recognize this observation so they usually request for the HDL: LDL ratio. LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) is the bad cholesterol, which usually comes from meat fat, and for a person to remain healthy, the HDL value in the blood should be higher than the LDL value.

Additional reports by WebMD disclosed that the study conducted by Nichols et al; however, also stated that they could not conclude if the HDL concentration increase itself has lowered the risk of the diabetic patients, or if other factors like exercise, may have also reduced the patients’ risk to heart attack.

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