Sunday, May 8, 2011

"Bad" Cholesterol is Not So Bad

One problem with a low carb diet is that it can cause your LDL (or "bad") cholesterol to rise.  As I have explained before, this is not necessarily bad, as long as the LDL particles are large and fluffy, not small and dense.

Now a recent research study suggests that the "bad" cholesterol is not as bad as previously thought.  In this study, people who exercised and gained muscle mass had the highest LDL levels, a surprising finding.  I enjoyed reading how the researchers had to spin the findings, since exercise and gaining muscle mass is generally considered a good thing.  More ammunition that the "bad" cholesterol is not always bad.

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