Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cholesterol.. What the heck is it?

There are two types of cholesterol  "good" (HDL- high density lipoprotein) cholesterol and a "bad"(LDL- low density lipoprotein) cholesterol...

Good cholesterol is not a type of cholesterol found in food but it refers to how the body trasports cholesterol in the blood.  A diet that contains more leafy greens, nuts, eggs, fish, and cheese helps to reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the blood stream/body/cells. Which is what you want to keep your (LDL) cholesterol levels lower. Do your best to avoid ANY trans fats.

 You want a higher HDL number and a lower LDL number. Going to the Dr to find out your cholesterol levels is always a good things just to see where you stand. High cholesterol is not something you can diagnose yourself with.. It doesnt exactly show sypmtoms until things are really bad.

*If a cholesterol problem goes untreated, cholesterol and other substances can build up in the wall of the heart's arteries. As these deposits (called "plaque") build up, the arteries may become blocked.
High cholesterol may put you at high risk for heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.

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