Blood fats may be an important heart risk factor

February 20, 2001 in Heart Health, Men's Health

Blood fats may be an important heart risk factor

According to Danish researchers, men with healthy levels of "good (HDL)" cholesterol and other fats in the blood seem to be at lower risk of heart disease, even if they have other traditional risk factors such as lack of exercise and high blood pressure.

The investigators found that men with low levels of triglycerides and high levels of HDL or "good" cholesterol in their blood have a low risk of heart disease, regardless of other risk factors. The authors of the current study urge that measurements of triglycerides and HDL cholesterol should "always be included in screening tests" for heart disease risk.

The study from Glostrup University Hospital and colleagues followed almost 3,000 men aged 53 to 74, for 8 years. Men with major classic risk factors for heart disease such as low physical activity and smoking still had a low risk of heart disease if they had low triglyceride (and) high HDL cholesterol concentrations. The researchers suggest that men who have unfavorable levels of triglycerides and cholesterol should try to change them through diet, exercise and weight loss.

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