Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:41 PM
Not sure if you looked at the study, but it was a large meta study (article also stated over 100K participants). I can't say how accurate the study is, but yeah, they used humans. What I take away from it, if it is in fact accurate, that HDL is a marker more than a direct cause. It could have ramifications regarding medications, such as all the failures with HDL drugs to date to lower CVD risk. Or why Niacin failed its last study, albeit it was a horribly designed study. It could also affect some diets, such as high fat paleo types of diets w/ super high HDL levels.
But yeah, I wouldn't rely on just this one study to form an opinion just yet. If the remaining HDL drug trials appear to back it up, however, it does seem to lend it more credence. Several HDL drugs have already fallen by the wayside, one causing more harm than good.