Myth 2: Having enough good cholesterol can offset bad cholesterol. It used to be thought that a large amount of good cholesterol would offset the impact of high bad cholesterol levels, but recent studies have shown this is not the case, according to Dr. Gillinov.
Does good cholesterol lower bad cholesterol?
HDL cholesterol is the well-behaved good cholesterol. This friendly scavenger cruises the bloodstream. As it does, it removes harmful bad cholesterol from where it doesnt belong. High HDL levels reduce the risk for heart disease -- but low levels increase the risk.
Why is my HDL good and my LDL bad?
As a general rule, HDL is considered “good” cholesterol, while LDL is considered “bad.” This is because HDL carries cholesterol to your liver, where it can be removed from your bloodstream before it builds up in your arteries. LDL, on the other hand, takes cholesterol directly to your arteries.
Is it better to have high HDL or low LDL?
With LDL cholesterol, lower is better. HDL cholesterol helps remove LDL cholesterol from the blood and transports it to the liver for processing and elimination. A higher HDL number is desirable because it usually signals a lower risk of heart disease.