Good and Bad Cholesterol (HDL and LDL)

Cholesterol. Others know it as a thing of a single kind.  Many health-conscious folks see it as a potentially dangerous thing to join their meals. In reality, not all cholesterol is bad for your health. There are actually two major types of cholesterol and in this article, you will get to know more about them.

The first type, the High-Density Lipoproteins (HDLs), are more commonly known as good cholesterol. It is smaller than the other type, and it is denser. It has the ability to carry excess cholesterol in the blood and transport them to different organs such as the liver, adrenal glands, ovaries and testes. This simple task of the HDLs to pick-up and carry excess cholesterol has a great impact on one’s health. The excess cholesterol in the blood can build-up and in time, pile-up and form immovable plaques on your blood vessels. This can be very life-threatening especially in the blood vessels located in your heart and your brain. If these are blocked, this will be the cause of heart attacks or stroke.

How can you increase your HDLs? You may have already read these from all health-related websites and articles, but these are really the only solutions. You have to have regular exercise, have a healthy diet, and stop drinking alcohol and stop smoking. As long as you keep your heart actively pumping, your blood circulation will be active too. This means that your blood is actually flowing fast, and there is just a slim chance that any cholesterol would settle on the vessels.

The second type of cholesterol is the opposite of the HDLs. They are the Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDLs) or the bad cholesterol. LDLs also have the ability to carry excess cholesterol, but instead of bringing them to the various organs of the body just like the HDLs, they bring them to the vessel walls. This can attract other cells flowing in the blood and later form a plaque or a solid thing in the vessel, which can disrupt the blood flow. Again, if complete blockage occurs, this can lead to life-threating conditions such as heart attack and stroke.

How to decrease your LDLs? The answer is simple. Increase your HDLs.

Your HDL and LDL levels can be monitored through a blood test. It is recommended that as one ages, they have a regular check-up of their cholesterol levels. This may not only give you information on how your body is doing at the moment, but it can help you assess yourself on how much effort you have to do in terms of exercise and having a healthy diet.

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