All About Cholesterol

By: Addie Rockers

LDL and HDL

Low Density Lipoprotein: Responsible for transporting cholesterol to the blood stream to send to cells.

High Density Lipoprotein: Responsible for removing excess cholesterol from the blood stream and transporting it to the liver.

Cholesterol Test

  • A cholesterol test is called a lipid panel or lipid profile.
  • A blood test is used to measure the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood.
  • A cholesterol is used to determine the risk of plaque buildup in the arteries that can lead to narrowed or blocked arteries throughout the body.
  • A good ratio of LDL and HDL is key to monitoring cholesterol levels. 78uuu

Effect of high Cholesterol

  • Cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
  • When too much LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly start to build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed into the hear and brain.
  • Together with other substances, cholesterol can form a thick, hard deposit called plaque that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible.
  • If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, a heart attack or stroke can result.

Prevention

  • Work with doctors to determine the risk and the best approach to treatment.
  • In all cases, lifestyle changes are important to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • Also, in some cases, cholesterol-lowering statin medicine may also provide benefits.
  • Decrease the amount of saturated fats, sugar, soda, and baked goods.
  • Increased diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.  

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