Thursday, August 28, 2008

Facts Worth Reading About Cholesterol

By Jay Coleman

There is both good and bad cholesterol which means that it is important to be able to differentiate between each type and know how it impacts a person' s health and know the ways and means to lower it in case such is required.

The diverse types of cholesterol are LDL and HDL and the preceding is a bad type because when there's excess of it in a person's blood it will build up in the inner walls of his or her arteries which can end up causing the blocking of the arteries and thus causes atherosclerosis that's not a desirable condition.

HDL In Large Amounts Will Prevent Heart Attacks

However, the good form of cholesterol is HDL, which when present in high quantities will actually help in preventing heart attacks, though when the level of HDL is low, it can put the person at risk of experiencing a heart attack.

There's another aspect to cholesterol and that's triglyceride, which is a type of fat that is obtained from the food that you eat and which is also produced in the body, and when there is a high level of triglycerides, you're at risk of having high total cholesterol in which you can get high LDL as well as low HDL, which is bad for your health.

In order to test your cholesterol level, you may require to take a test that is aimed at measuring your lipoproteins which are sorted according to their density. In case of high density, the ratio of proteins compared to fat will be high and high density lipoproteins or HDL is the good cholesterol which does the work required to aid unblock your arteries and which also aids in getting rid of unwanted fat from the body.

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