In the war against heart-damaging high cholesterol, a promising weapon has been largely neutralized…That leaves patients seeking a heart-health booster beyond statins with old-fashioned lifestyle methods such as diet and exercise. “If you raise HDL in non-pharmacologic ways, it really does help you,” says Steve Kopecky, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. “We always assumed it was HDL,” that decreased heart-disease risk, he says. “But maybe it was the exercise that did it, or the not smoking that did it,” he says.
Wall Street Journal by Christopher Weaver