What's the DL With HDL and LDL

LDL: The "bad" cholesterol, bring

s cholesterol to the cells of the body

HDL: The "good" cholesterol, takes out the LDL keeping a balance in the body

WHY CARE?

Not enough LDL: If there's not enough LDL then the body isn't getting the right amount of nutrients (cholesterol).

Too Much LDL: Starts to form a layer of plaque on the walls of arteries


Not enough HDL/ Too Much: Not enough HDL means that LDL will block arteries

Too Much HDL: Means there is no LDL and the body won't get the nutrients it needs


When LDL is too high it starts to form blocks in the arteries and can form clots that could cause heart attacks and heart disease.

LDL and HDL must work together in equal balance, if not heart attacks and heart disease can be a result

(Heart disease and heart attacks that have to do with HDL and LDL are normally caused because there is not enough HDL)


When monitoring HDL and LDL doctors also look at triglycerides

Triglycerides if high, usually indicate that there is also a high level of LDL, and vise versa

VLDL is also monitored with LDL and HDL

VLDL is produced by liver to help distribute triglycerides, if there is high VLDL then this may cause artery blocks


READING YOUR CHOLESTEROL TEST RESULTS

The total cholesterol level should be less than 200, borderline problems is 200-239, a problem is 240-and up

LDL levels for normal should be below 100, borderline problems is 100-129, having a problem is 130-and up

HDL levels for normal should be above 40, the higher the better, under 40 is a problem


To lower LDL

1. Eat foods high in fiber

2. Exercise at least twice a week

3. Avoid saturated fats

4. Make sure to drink enough liquids


Unsaturated Fats: Helps keep cholesterol levels in the blood

Saturated Fats: Heightens the amount of LDL in the blood

Trans Fats: Not only raise LDL levels, but lower HDL levels, making it worse than saturated fats






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