One of the concerns when I first started a plant based diet was my HDL level. HDL is the "good" cholesterol and the thinking has always been the higher your HDL, the lower the risk for heart disease. My HDL number prior to starting a plant based diet was 34 which isn't too bad. After only 3 weeks of being on the diet, my HDL number dropped to 23. At first I was very disappointed because although my other numbers were great, my HDL was lower than my doctor wanted.
After being on the diet for awhile, I ran into an article found at Medical News Today which talked a little more about what HDL really means. It turns out that the HDL number itself is not as important as the efflux capacity of the HDL. The article states, "
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