Men with high HDL cholesterol levels of greater than 90 mg/dl were 68% more likely to die (from any cause) 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.
(12.1 per 1,000 men with HDL levels greater than 90 mg/dl died versus 7.2 men with HDL levels of 51-60 mg/dl. 12.1 divided by 7.2 equals 1.68.)
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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