A study reveals that drugs to raise the level of “good” cholesterol do not offer any health benefit.
Monday, June 25 2012
Good cholesterol.- The “good” cholesterol, called HDL (high density lipoprotein) is the one in charge of cleaning the arteries of any excess of “bad” cholesterol, called LDL (low density lipoprotein).
The good cholesterol works by taking the excess of bad cholesterol up to the liver. Once there, this organ will be in charge of eliminating the presence of cholesterol while reducing the risk of heart failures.
So far, some drugs have been developed in order to raise the levels of good cholesterol in the belief that a higher level of HDL will reduce the risk of suffering from heart disorders.
However, a new research recently published in the prestigious magazine “The Lancet” and conducted at the Hospital del Mar Research Institute in Barcelona, Spain, has revealed that this is not the case and that the important fact is the quality of the HDL and not its quantity.