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Good Cholesterol Linked to Reduced Bowel Cancer Risk

by Kathy Jones on March 8, 2011 at 8:44 PM
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 Good Cholesterol Linked to Reduced Bowel Cancer Risk

Those who have high levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, are at a lower risk of suffering from bowel cancer compared to those who have low level of HDL, a new report published in the journal Gut reveals.

High levels of HDL are known to collect excess cholesterol and transfer them to liver where it is broken down.

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Researchers analyzed more than 520,000 people who took part in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study and found that those who had low levels of HDL were at a greater risk of suffering from bowel cancer.

The researchers also suggested a number of different ways of boosting the HDL levels such as frequent exercise, reducing weight and quitting the cigarettes. 


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