- HDL and LDL are Lipoproteins (a combination of a lipid and a protein) that move cholesterol in the blood
- HDL is responsible for moving excess cholesterol from the blood
- LDL is responsible for transporting cholesterol to the cells in your body through the bloodstream
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HDL and LDL
Common Questions, Measuring HDL and LDL, What do my Results Mean?
- Why are LDL and HDL concentrations in the blood measured? - To measure someones overall health and risk for cardiovascular disease.
- How is LDL and HDL connected with Cardiovascular disease and its risks? - LDL may get clogged in arteries, causing plaque to form. This is a key risk for heart disease.
- What other molecules are measured in the blood along with HDL and LDL? - Triglycerides ( Another fatty molecule present in the blood stream).
- What are normal LDL, HDL, Triglyceride values? - Less than 100 mg/dL is considered normal and healthy LDL levels, while HDL levels should be less than 40 mg/dL. Normal Triglyceride values should be less than 150 mg/dL.
Changing Your HDL and LDL Values, and Fats
- How can I lower my HDL and LDL values? - Eating a healthy diet and plenty of exercise will balance out your LDL and HDL values
- Intaking certain fats, like saturated and trans fats will increase your cholesterol levels to an unhealthy level.
- Keeping your fat intake low will help keep your cholesterol levels stable