By Amanda Gardner


People who have low levels of the so-called good cholesterol have long been known to be at higher risk of heart attacks and . Now, a new study suggests they may have a higher risk of cancer, too.

Each 10-point increase in good cholesterol—known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL)—corresponds to a 36% decrease in a person's risk of developing cancer, the study found.

Guidelines say that men and women should keep their HDL over 40 and 50 mg/dL, respectively, though everyone should shoot to maintain levels above 60 mg/dL.

The study doesn't prove that low HDL actually causes cancer. Nor does it prove that boosting your HDL—exercise and healthy eating are two ways to do it—will reduce the risk of cancer, as it has been shown to do with heart disease.




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