Good Cholesterol and Bad Cholesterol

ood cholesterol and bad cholesterol

If you or someone you know has been Diagnosed with High Cholesterol.

It’s important to understand what cholesterol is and why it’s important to keep it under control.

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Cholesterol is a fat-like substance made by your liver and also comes from foods you intake that is then packaged into particles called lipoproteins.

Your body needs cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D and a substance that helps you digest food called bile.

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this Article discusses two types of lipoproteins that carry Cholesterol
LDL Low-density Lipoproteins and HDL – High-density Lipoproteins



 

Low-Density Lipoprotein or LDL Cholesterol is also known as Bad Cholesterol

LDL travels through your bloodstream delivering cholesterol to the cells that need it.

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If your body has too much LDL it can build up in the walls of your arteries.

LDL and other substances in your artery wall form a fatty deposit called plaque.

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Over time plaque can narrow the artery and reduce blood flow.

LDL carries cholesterol into the plaque this is why LDL is called the bad cholesterol.

A common place this plaque can build up is in your coronary arteries which are the blood vessels that feed your heart

This plaque buildup causes coronary artery disease and increases your risk of a heart attack.

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Plaque buildup in other arteries such as the carotid arteries in your neck can reduce blood flow to your brain and increase the risk of a stroke.

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High-Density Lipoprotein or HDL Cholesterol is also known as Good Cholesterol

Your liver also makes high-density lipoprotein or HDL also known as good cholesterol.

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HDL helps remove excess cholesterol from your cells, tissues and from plaque in your blood vessels.

this is why HDL is called good cholesterol.

HDL returns the excess cholesterol to your liver which removes it from your body.

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If after viewing this information you have questions about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol you can comment below.

Speak with your health care provider it is important to take your medications as directed by your provider and report any side-effects you experience.

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