Tuesday, June 15, 2010

HDL and Lower Cancer Risk

According to the research conducted at the Tufts Medical Center Molecular Cardiology Research Institute, "For about a 10-point increase of HDL, there is a reduced risk of cancer by about one third over an average follow-up of 4.5 years." However, this association is not necessarily a linear relationship. "We can say that higher levels of HDL are associated with a lower risk of cancer, but we can't say that one causes the other," stated Dr. Richard Karas, executive director of the Institute.

In other words, HDL levels alone may not reduce cancer risks, but is a result of life style traits that lead to a lower risk of cancer, such as proper diet and exercise. However, HDL may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the risk of cancer. Further test are needed to determine the exact role of HDL in reducing cancer risks.


No comments:

Post a Comment