“Good” Cholesterol Might Lower Colon Cancer Risk
According to a new study, high “good” cholesterol levels might lower the colon cancer risk. According to Dr. Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita, the lead researcher, individuals with low HDL, high-density lipoprotein, levels should change their lifestyle if they intend to reduce the risk of colon cancer. It is already a known fact that cutting down “bad” cholesterol and boosting up “good” cholesterol can lower the heart disease risk. But this new finding throws a new light on the benefit of paying attention to the blood cholesterol numbers.
1,238 patients with colorectal cancer were compared to 1,238 healthy people, in the study. The researchers examined the blood sample results of the participants and their dietary-lifestyle questionnaires. It was observed that participants with highest HDL levels and apolipoprotein (another blood fat) had the least colon cancer risk. For each 16.6 mg/dL HDL increase and 32 mg/dL apolipoprotein increase, the colon cancer risk was reduced by 22% and 18% respectively.
The researchers feel that the anti-inflammatory properties of HDL might be responsible for this. Further research on these grounds is needed. The study is published in the Gut