Healthy Cholesterol Levels May Prevent Bowel Cancer


Healthy cholesterol levels may prevent bowel cancerResearchers analyzed the health data of 2,400 participants in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study and found a correlation between high levels of healthy HDL cholesterol and a lower risk of bowel cancer.

Individuals with the highest levels of HDL cholesterol were about 20 percent less likely to have the disease, even after the authors adjusted for diet, weight and lifestyle.

The effect may be explained by the fact that HDL has been shown to be anti-inflammatory, and chronic inflammation is associated with the development of cancer, the study authors noted.

The Mayo Clinic has reported that lifestyle habits like exercise, healthy diet, non-smoking status and drinking alcohol only in moderation may influence healthy cholesterol levels. Additionally, whole grains, nuts, omega-3 fatty acids and plant sterols — like those found in certain margarines — may also help individuals increase HDL cholesterol levels.

The institution also recommends requesting a cholesterol screening from a healthcare provider if an individual is unsure about their current level, since high LDL cholesterol has been linked to various chronic illnesses, like cardiovascular disease.  

Personal Liberty

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.