Too Much Good Cholesterol A Bad Thing, Says U.K. Study

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - University of Kentucky researchers think
for diabetics, having high level of high-density lipoprotein - commonly known as good cholesterol - could be too much of a good thing.

Biochemist Eric Smart, who led a team doing research on high-density lipoprotein, says diabetics having high levels of it in the bloodstream might increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

That seems to fly in the face of more than 20 years of medical wisdom, which has held generally that HDL helps protect us from heart problems.

Reams of medical advice have been written, diets have been devised, and drugs have been developed around the proposition that high levels of "good" HDL are desirable, and that levels of "bad" LDL, or low density lipoprotein, should be kept low.

The University of Kentucky research, reported recently in the American Journal of Physiology, suggests that scientists have more work to do on HDL.

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