What is Cholesterol?!
Cholesterol is a critical component in your body that can effect hormones, vitamin D, brain cells, etc.
What are LDL and HDL?
LDL- (Bad Cholesterol) isn't always bad, it's an essential fat needed for your bodies cells. It can only be harmful to the body if white blood cells try to "swallow" LDL, then the WBC becomes toxic.
HDL- (Good Cholesterol) HDLs transport cholesterol from the tissues of the body to the liver, so the cholesterol can be eliminated in the bile. The higher HDL you have in your body, the lower risk of coronary heart disease.
Did you know LDL and HDL aren't cholesterol?
LDL and HDL are actually not cholesterol, they are lipoproteins that carry the cholesterol throughout the body.
What is the difference between LDL and HDL?
Why do doctors monitor LDL and HDL in patients?
Doctors check these levels to help evaluate a persons health status and determine whether a person is at risk for cardiovascular disease.
What is Cardiovascular Disease?
Narrowed or blocked blood vessels that could lead to a heart attack
What other molecules in the body to doctors monitor?
Other molecules monitored are the blood levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.
What Do Cholesterol Test Numbers Mean?
The numbers are showing the different levels of LDL and HDL. (The chart above shows the ranges of numbers they should and shouldn't be). Having to high of LDL levels could show signs leading to heart disease because you could have to much plaque in you arteries.
How can you change your levels of LDL and HDL?
Dieting, and exercising will help you lose weight and keep an optimal HDL and LDL level.
How does Unsaturated, saturate, and trans fat affect your cholesterol levels?
Fat is also an active molecule just as cholesterol. Fat and cholesterol also don't dissolve in blood so this can create little fat and cholesterol packages, than can clog blood vessels and arteries.