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What the heck is it?

Cholesterol    (kəˈlestəˌrôl,kəˈlestəˌrōl)

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that helps your body with its daily functions. Cholesterol in moderation is necessary for life, but in excess can cause serious health problems.


LDL is a lipoprotein that delivers cholesterol through the blood to the body's cells.


HDL, much like LDL, transports cholesterol but instead of going to the body it's delivered to the liver. HDL removes cholesterol from where it shouldn't be and recycles it in the liver.


In moderation HDL and LDL are crucial for life, but levels must be kept in check. If LDL is at a level that is too high it will bring too much cholesterol to the body which will clog blood vessels. Vise versa if HDL levels are too low it won't be able to bring LDL to the liver to be recycled.


Having too high or to low of either of these lipoproteins can cause serious damage. Such as: Heart Attack, Chronic Chest Pain, and Stroke.


The results from your cholesterol tests show the amount of cholesterol in your blood stream. It can also show the levels of HDL and LDL, which can help manage and maintain a health balance of both.

How to Change

If you are one of the unfortunate that do have high cholesterol there are several things you can do to correct or prevent further damage:Eat a healthy diet, Exercise regularly, Don't smoke, maintain a healthy weight, and if all else fails your doctor should put you on medication.

Your Fats Intake

Your fat intake does affect your cholesterol. Saturated and trans fats increase LDL and lower HDL while unsaturated fats actually do the opposite.

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