Prevention (USA)

“Good Cholestero­l” Is Really Good


You’ve heard

all about how “good” HDL cholestero­l supports a strong heart,

but a new study in Science shows that it

may also help protect the liver. A special type of HDL cholestero­l called HDL3, produced in the gut, appears to

block signals that cause inflammati­on in the liver, say researcher­s from

Washington University School of Medicine. Chronic inflammati­on can lead to liver damage

over time, and scientists say that if they can find a way to boost levels of HDL3 in the

body (through diet or medication), it may help prevent that from happening as well as

inform new treatments for liver disease.

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