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The Difference Between Good and Bad Cholesterol

Classifying cholesterol as “good” or “bad” originated because of differences between the proteins that carry cholesterol from place to place in our bodies. The two most famous proteins that are measured in cholesterol tests are low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
Previously, cholesterol carried by LDL was called “bad” and the cholesterol carried by HDL,