Cholesterol- important component for your cells membrane

Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL)- deliver cholesterol to the organs and tissues.

High Density Lipoproteins (HDL)- proteins that pick up the excess cholesterol and take it to the liver.

Doctors Concern and Heart Disease

Doctors monitor the concentration of...

-LDL to make sure that there is not plaque build up in the

       -> Too much LDL can cause plaque build up which leads too                 hardened arteries that can cause heart attack or stroke

-HDL to make sure the levels are high enough to counteract the LDL

       -> Good HDL levels promotes good cardiovascular health

Cholesterol Testing and Overall Health

Along with LDL and HDL, doctors will monitor your triglycerides, which is a fat found in cholesterol in the blood.

When interpreting your cholesterol test, desired numbers are...

- Total Cholesterol 200 or below > anything above 200 is at a high risk for heart disease

- LDL less than 100 > 190 and above is also a high risk for heart disease

- HDL 60 and above (thee higher the better) > anything less than 40 is at risk for heart disease

Time to make a change

Good lifestyle choices include not smoking, only drinking alcohol in moderation and eating healthy. Also getting more physical activity, at least 30 minutes five times a week, taking off some extra weight can also improve your cholesterol.

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