New information today: a new Harris Poll found 81 percent of women don’t know the difference between good and bad cholesterol.
Heart experts say you want to have high levels of what’s called high-density lipoprotein and lower levels of low-density lipoprotein. These LDL’s can sneak through holes in the artery walls and deposit cholesterol that forms plaques that can block blood flow and cause heart attacks.
Many people take statins to control their cholesterol and that can be a problem. The drugs lower bad cholesterol, but they don’t do much to raise the good cholesterol, the HDL’s. So you need to continue exercising and eating right to maintain healthy levels.
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