It is often seen that people try to raise the level of 'good' cholesterol in their diet, but new research has shown that high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is 'equally predictive' of the risk of heart disease. cannot be effective in doing so. Low levels of HDL cholesterol predicted an increased risk of heart attack or related death for white adults years earlier, according to research findings published in the Journal of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-backed American College of Cardiology. , but this was not true for black adults.
Furthermore, higher HDL cholesterol levels were not associated with lower heart disease risk for either group.
"The goal was to understand this long-established link that labels HDL as beneficial cholesterol, and if it applies to all races," said Nathalie Pamir, associate professor of medicine within the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland. True for."
"It is well accepted that low HDL cholesterol levels are harmful. Our research tested those assumptions and found that it did not matter whether it was white or black," Pamir said.
To reach this conclusion, Pamir and colleagues reviewed data from 23,901 adults during the Stroke Study to understand geographic and racial differences.
The study was the first to find that low HDL cholesterol levels predicted an increased risk of cardiovascular disease only for white adults.
This supports the findings of other studies that higher HDL cholesterol levels do not always lead to a reduction in cardiovascular events.
"This type of research suggests that risk-prediction algorithms for cardiovascular disease need to be rethought," Pamir said. "It could mean that we need to watch our doctors for higher levels of HDL cholesterol in the future." You won't have to pat yourself on the back."