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Dear Mark: Really High HDL, More Heart Disease; Low-Salt For Grandpa?

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering two questions from readers. They were excellent this week. The first one comes from Sarah, who’s a bit puzzled by the recent paper in which people with the highest HDL levels died earlier than those with lower levels. What’s going on, and is more HDL actually bad? Last but not least, how should a reader approach a doctor who wants to put Grandpa on a low-salt diet? Is there any literature or information he can present? Let’s go: Hi Mark, I just read this article in the NY Times about how really high HDL levels are linked to greater risk of heart attacks.
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