Women with high HDL cholesterol levels of greater than 90 mg/dl were 50% times more likely to die from other causes other than dying from cancer or cardiovascular disease during an average follow-up of 4.9 years than women with HDL levels of 61-70 mg/dl according to a 2016 study from Canada.
(3.0 per 1,000 women with HDL levels greater than 90 mg/dl died from cardiovascular disease versus 2.0 women with HDL levels of 61-70 mg/dl. 3.0 divided by 2.0 equals 1.5.)
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 women with more moderate HDL levels (41-80 mg/dl).
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