You've probably had this drilled into your head many time over the course of your visits to your doctor's office -- LDL cholesterol is bad. HDL is good.
And it's true. In a sense. However, new research is suggesting there is much, much more to it than just those simple letters.
A new article posted on MSN health is suggesting bad cholesterol is not what we think.
Now, while reading the article, my first thought was there was too much mumbo-jumbo in it to keep most readers' attention. I had a really hard time wading through it, and health has always been an area that interests me.
But if you really get into it, the research is actually pretty interesting. And scary. And basically tells us that all the cholesterol screening we've been doing these years isn't nearly as specific as it needs to be.
Yes, LDL cholesterol is still bad. But, not all of it. In fact, there is now 3 different types of LDL cholesterol that have been identified, each of which play a different role in our body, and each of which have a different danger level.
Oh, and cholesterol in food? Turns out it really doesn't do too much harm (or good, on the flipside).
I'm a little surprised, actually, that this hasn't been discovered sooner.
But, if you get a chance, check the article out. There's no need to go running to your doctor demanding a new cholesterol screening, but it is always nice to be informed and up-to-date on advances they're making in the health field.