HDL, LDL, Triglycerides...What's the Difference?
Cholesterol can't dissolve in the blood. It has to be transported through your bloodstream by carriers called lipoproteins (made of fat "lipids" and protein). There is LDL - low density lipoprotein and HDL - high density lipoprotein.
LDL - Bad Cholesterol
LDL is considered the "Bad" cholesterol because it contributes to plaque, a thick hard deposit that can clog arteries and make them less flexible.
HDL - Good Cholesterol
HLD is considered "good" cholesterol because it helps remove LDL cholesterol from the arteries. HDL carries LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver where it is broken down and passed from the body. A healthy level of HDL cholesterol may also protect against heart attack and stroke. On the contrary, low levels of HDL can increase the risk of heart disease.
These are another type of fat that are used to store excess energy from your diet. Elevated levels can be caused by being overweight, physical inactivity, a diet high in carbohydrates, smoking or excessive alcohol use.
Your total cholesterol count is determined through a blood test.
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Source: American Heart Association