What is Cholesterol?
By: Kenedy Pierce
LDL and HDL
High LDL cholesterol level is bad and a low HDL cholesterol level is good for you.
LDL: Builds cholesterol on walls of arteries
HDL: Protects and helps get rid of the cholesterol the LDL carries
Functions of LDL and HDL
HDL: Picks up extra cholesterol
LDL: Carries cholesterol to various tissues
this picture is a good example of how they function because the HDL is getting rid of the cholesterol while the LDL is dumping extra cholesterol into the artery.
Monitoring LDL and HDL
Too much of LDL can clog arteries and HDL is monitored to ensure patients have enough in their blood stream.
How are concentrations of LDL and HDL associated with the risk for heart disease?
When there is not enough HDL to keep up with LDL, cholesterol begins to build up.
Other molecules that are tested with cholesterol
Triglycerides, RBC, WBC and hemoglobin.
It shows your total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol to predict your lifetime or your risk of heart attacks or strokes.
What test show
Cholesterol test results
Ways to control LDL and HDL cholesterol levels
Eat healthy foods, exercise, lose weight and take medication to help control LDL and HDL cholesterol.
How does intake of unsaturated, saturated and trans fat affect cholesterol levels and overall health?
Can cause a person's LDL levels to increase. If there is more LDL than HDL then a person could suffer from a heart attack or stroke.