HDL cholesterol ( the good cholesterol )
One of HDL cholesterol's primary duties is remove LDL cholesterol ( The bad cholesterol ) from Inflammatory cells , called macrophages , in our arteries and move the LDL back to our liver for disposal.
More is better ?
Research over the years have shown that people with high HDL are better protected from the risk of heart disease than those of us with lower HDL levels. This has pushed physicians and patients to find ways of increasing HDL levels in us genetically less fortunate souls. Efforts to increase HDL levels has not been met with any great success and in some cases seem to increase a person risk of an early exit.
Functional ability is better ?
The problems associated with increasing the amount of HDL has increased interest in the idea that the functional ability of our HDL may be more important than the amount of HDL circulating around in our blood. This may be good news for those of us who always just a little below the recommended targets for HDL .
I have attached a copy of article from the New England journal of Medicine on this subject.
One defination that you may not be familiar with is Apo Lipoprotein A1.
Apo A1 is a major component of HDL and may contribute to the function of HDL.
Have Fun , Be Smart. Lipids and Diabetes is a fascinating long term learning process