Many people don't know but...cholesterol can be a good thing!
Did you know your cell membranes are made of it?
It is also essential for mental health like memory, and learning!
There are two kinds of cholesterol
1) HDL- Considered the "good" cholesterol because it removes the LDL from arteries. High levels can prevent heart attack and stroke while low levels could cause it.
2)LDL- Considered the "bad" cholesterol because it is a think plaque like substance that can clog arteries easier. This can result in heart attack or stroke.
How they differ....
Structurally they differ through their composition!
Functionally they differ because they deliver cholesterol to different parts of the body!
High amounts of LDL or low amounts of HDL in your bloodstream can increase your risk for heart disease. This is why doctors monitor it closely!
Total cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides are also monitored by a doctor!
Your LDL should be less than 70 mg/dl
A healthy diet with reduced fat can give you both healthy HDL and LDL levels! You can also stay active!
Too much saturated, unsaturated, and trans fats can make a person's LDL levels increase.