Higher pneumonia risk with unfavorable blood lipids?

Worried African American woman sitting at home while being sick

People with low HDL (good) cholesterol and high triglycerides may be more likely to be hospitalized for pneumonia, according to a study in the Aug. 15, 2020, American Journal of Medicine.

The study included more than 13,000 people who were part of a long-term study designed to look at lipids and other factors linked to heart disease. Using hospital discharge records, researchers found that nearly 15% of the participants had been hospitalized with pneumonia during the follow-up, which lasted a median of 21 years.

People with low HDL levels (less than 38 milligrams per deciliter, or mg/dL) were more likely to be hospitalized with pneumonia than those with higher levels, and the odds of hospitalization dropped as HDL levels rose. Likewise, pneumonia hospitalizations were most common among people with triglyceride values higher than 157 mg/dL; those with lower values were less likely to be hospitalized.

The findings support earlier research suggesting a link between the body’s ability to fight infections and blood lipid levels, especially HDL. High HDL levels are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. But this molecule also might play an important role in a healthy immune response.

Worried African American woman sitting at home while being sick

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8

 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24

 “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” – Proverbs 12:25

 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” – Luke 12:25

 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” – Matthew 7:11

 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22

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