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What is the function of HDL cholesterol?
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Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Many Functions
Hdl cholesterol has many functions.
Often thought of as protective, it brings cholesterol from the artery wall back to the liver. It also acts as an anti-oxidant, and an anti-inflammatory agent. It may be involved in helping the artery wall dilate , and may also be involved in fighting some infections. Hdl may also deliver cholesterol to organs that need it during stress. Can be very complex.

In brief: Many Functions
Hdl cholesterol has many functions.
Often thought of as protective, it brings cholesterol from the artery wall back to the liver. It also acts as an anti-oxidant, and an anti-inflammatory agent. It may be involved in helping the artery wall dilate , and may also be involved in fighting some infections. Hdl may also deliver cholesterol to organs that need it during stress. Can be very complex.
Dr. James Underberg
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Dr. Maureen Mays
Clinical Lipidology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Housekeeper
The hdl-c is like the garbage collector of the blood.
It removes cholesterol from places it should not be, and carries it back to the liver. I tell my patients that the ldl's are the elephants in your parade, and the hdl's are the pooper-scoopers!

In brief: Housekeeper
The hdl-c is like the garbage collector of the blood.
It removes cholesterol from places it should not be, and carries it back to the liver. I tell my patients that the ldl's are the elephants in your parade, and the hdl's are the pooper-scoopers!
Dr. Maureen Mays
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Good cholesterol
Known as the good cholesterol, HDL carries cholesterol to your liver to be cleared/removed from the body, thereby lowering your cholesterol level.
For men, the recommended level is > 40 mg/dl, for women, it's > 50 mg/dl.

In brief: Good cholesterol
Known as the good cholesterol, HDL carries cholesterol to your liver to be cleared/removed from the body, thereby lowering your cholesterol level.
For men, the recommended level is > 40 mg/dl, for women, it's > 50 mg/dl.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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