LDL vs. HDL Cholesterol

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

Cholesterol is a substance found in your blood. It's important that you maintain a healthy body to prevent heart disease. It also comes from the liver and is used to make vitamin D. Cholesterol also helps keep the body's hormones in place.


If you or someone you know has high cholesterol, it's important to understand why it's important to maintain control of it.


High levels of this substance can increase your risk of diabetes and other health problems. High cholesterol can also cause fatty deposits to form in the blood vessels. This can restrict the flow of blood in your body. It can also cause a heart attack. High cholesterol is often inherited, but it can be treated through a healthy lifestyle choice. This can include eating a healthy diet and carrying out regular exercise.


Eggs are low in fat and high in protein. Also, they contain high levels of cholesterol. However, this makes them less likely to raise your cholesterol levels than other high-fat diets.


There are two different kinds of lipoproteins (blood on proteins) that carry cholesterol through the body.


LDL Cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein)

Your body naturally produces low levels of LDL. Too much LDL cholesterol can build up on your blood vessels' walls. This is called plaque and can cause them to narrow. The plaque can reduce or even reverse the flow of blood in the arteries. LDL is known as bad cholesterol because it carries it into the plaque. The buildup of plaque in these arteries can increase your risk of a heart attack. It can also reduce blood flow to the brain and lower your blood pressure.


HDL Cholesterol (High-Density lipoprotein)

High-density lipoprotein or HDL helps remove the excess cholesterol from your body. It is known as good cholesterol because it helps remove it from the body.


After viewing this information, if you have questions about taking medications that are used to manage high cholesterol, speak to your health care provider.




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