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How is HDL related to high cholesterol?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, is considered a good cholesterol and helps to clear away excess fatty tissues in the blood stream. While LDL supplies the cholesterol to cells, HDL clears it away and delivers it to the liver. HDL helps prevent against heart disease. An HDL blood level of 60 mg/dL or more is very healthy and will help you to lower your total cholesterol and risk for heart disease.

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