In an intriguing new report, scientists determined that having a high HDL (good) cholesterol level is strongly associated with a lower risk of cancer. The data comes from a review of 24 pooled studies that followed cancer incidence and HDL levels. The researchers found a 36% lower risk of cancer for every 10 point increase in HDL levels. Although this evaluation could not prove cause and effect, there are several plausible ways that HDL cholesterol could afford cancer protection, including through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties or via a direct effect on the immune system.
Thankfully there are a number of things you can do to increase your HDL level. They include:
A normal HDL for women is >50 and for men >40. Mine is 94 – proof in the healthy pudding that living and eating right will bring it up!