There are many factors to health that we hear about on a daily basis but we may not fully understand. Cholesterol levels may be one of the most misunderstood aspects of overall health. There are two different kinds of cholesterol within the body. One is considered “good” while the other is considered “bad” cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is known as “good” cholesterol. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is more commonly known as “bad” cholesterol. Science has concluded that high levels of HDL and low levels of LDL can reduce the risk of heart disease. Proper cholesterol management is an important treatment option for individuals who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in every cell of the human body. Cholesterol is processed by the human body for several functions including cell building. In order for cholesterol to move through the body in an effective and functional manner it must attach itself to a protein-lipoprotein to be exact. As humans, we need cholesterol to function. Although, the cholesterol levels within our bodies must be the right proportions of LDL and HDL.
When there is an excess of LDL cholesterol it floats freely within the bloodstream. This is where the problems arise. Overtime excess LDL levels can cause deposits of cholesterol, or plaque, to accumulate on the blood vessel walls. Eventually this leads to narrowing of the blood vessel or a possible blockage. This is why LDL is known as “bad” cholesterol.
HDL has the opposite function than that of LDL. Basically HDL circulates within the blood and picks up LDL and takes it back to the liver. The liver will then break down the LDL. So, increased levels of HDL will positively affect your overall health.