Cholesterol: It’s All Good
If media, medical, and marketing brainwashing has you convinced there is such a thing as “bad” cholesterol, you’ve gotten the science all wrong.
You’ve heard it repeatedly: there are two kinds of cholesterol: the good high density lipoprotein (HDL) and the “bad” low density lipoprotein (LDL). Now a researcher at Texas A&M University has come to the defense of LDL and says that it may not be so bad after all. In fact, it helps build muscle.
According to Steve Riechman, a researcher in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, the study reveals that “LDL is not the evil Darth Vader of health it has been made out to be in recent years.”
In a study published in the Journal of Gerontology, Riechman and colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh, Kent State University, the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine examined 52 adults from ages 60 to 69. The participants were in generally good health, but not physically active, and none of them were participating in a training program.
To the researchers’ surprise, after the subjects completed fairly vigorous workouts, the participants who had the highest levels of LDL cholesterol had gained the most muscle mass.