Men with high HDL cholesterol levels of greater than 90 mg/dl were 2.2 times more likely to die from causes other than dying from cancer or cardiovascular disease (119% more likely) during an average follow-up of 4.9 years than men with HDL levels of 51-60 mg/dl according to a 2016 study from Canada.
(5.9 per 1,000 men with HDL levels greater than 90 mg/dl died from cardiovascular disease versus 2.7 men with HDL levels of 51-60 mg/dl. 5.9 divided by 2.7 equals 2.19.)
The study found that HDL levels that were either too high (>90 mg/dl) or too low (≤30 mg/dl) were associated with an increased risk of death when compared to men with more moderate HDL levels (41-80 mg/dl).
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