Reports of the differences between LDL and HDL cholesterol have caused consumers to become wary of so-called “bad” low-density lipoproteins, and embrace mono- and polyunsaturated sources of “good” high-density lipoproteins.
However, researchers at Texas A&M University are reminding individuals that moderation is always the best practice, especially since lack of LDL cholesterol can be harmful to the body.
While it’s true that LDL cholesterol is the type of fat that is responsible for clogging arteries, it has also been shown to help people build muscle and can send signals to the body when there is something wrong.
In a study of about 50 individuals in their 60s, researchers showed that the once-sedentary adults with higher levels of LDL cholesterol were more effective at building muscle when they engaged in a training program, compared to their counterparts who had lower levels of the “bad” fats.
“Everyone needs a certain amount of both LDL and HDL in their bodies. We need to change this idea of LDL always being the evil thing — we all need it, and we need it to do its job,” said lead researcher Steve Riechman.