WHAT IS CHOLESTEROL?
Cholesterol is a health substance that is found in your blood.
Changing Levels of LDL and HDL
Eating Less triglycerides (most common fat) will lower build up of plaque and fatty deposits in your blood and raise HDL levels. A diet consisting of saturated and unsaturated fats will raise LDL levels.
Components of Cholesterol
LDL - Low Density lipoprotein
-Known as "bad" cholesterol, because it can build up in your arteries (plaque) and cause some problems.
-Can reduce blood flow and increase risk of heart disease
HDL - High Density lipoprotein
-Known as "good" cholesterol
-Thought to help remove LDL from body
Why do doctors monitor cholesterol?
The main reason is to check levels of blood to evaluate overall health and to determine if a person is at risk for cardiovascular disease. Doctors monitor LDL because too much can lead to heart attack or possible stroke. They also monitor HDL to make sure that levels are high enough for a healthy cardiovascular system.
HDL and LDL's jobs are to carry cholesterol too and from the liver and into the body cells. Cholesterol is a combination of protein and fat, so it is important for it to make it where it needs to be.
Results of Your Cholesterol Test
A good cholesterol level is 180 mg/dl. Your HDL number should be higher than your LDL. Both number should be within each other, but if their not, your at risk.