Your Body's Cholesterol
HDL And ldl
Cholesterol can't flow through your blood stream so it must be transported by carriers, lipoproteins. There are two types of lipoproteins, HDL (High- Density- Lipoprotein) and LDL (Low-Density-Lipoprotein).
What LDL is
LDL is often referred to as the "Bad" cholesterol because it can clog arteries because it is thick and hard which can cause heart attack and strokes to occur. LDL can also form plaque in the arteries and narrow arteries supplying blood to the legs.
What HDL is
HDL, also know as the "good" cholesterol. It helps get rid of LDL, it takes LDL from the arteries and carries it to the liver where it can be broken down further and then passed throughout the body. Higher levels of HDL has been know to reduce the risk of heart attack and/ or stroke. But lower levels increase the levels of heart disease.
Why a doctor may be monitoring your HDL and LDL in your blood
Doctors may decide to monitor your HDL and LDL because you may be at risk of heart disease if your HDL is low and your LDL is high. Doctors can help you get a meal plan that will make your HDL and LDL levels healthier. A doctor may also monitor your HDL and LDL levels to see if you have a genetic disease that can effect your cholesterol. It's important for your doctor to know how much cholesterol is being carried to and from your body.