Thursday, April 24, 2008

Confused about cholesterol?

Have you been told that you have high cholesterol or that you're at risk of it? If you don't know what the numbers are all about, it can be confusing. LDL? HDL? What's what and what should each be?

First, it's important to know that we need cholesterol - it's a building block for our cells. LDL is the "bad" cholesterol, the one that can stick together and against the blood vessel walls. As this cholesterol builds up, it can cause a complete blockage in the blood vessel, which can lead to a stroke.

The other type of cholesterol, HDL, is the "good" cholesterol. Its role is to sweep the LDL along the blood vessels so it can't stick to the vessel walls.

A good way to remember which is which is HDL, the good one, is the one you want in the high numbers: HDL = High. LDL, the bad one, is the one you want to be as low as possible: LDL = Low.


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5 comments:

Michael said...

Blood pressure is pretentious by a number of factors. These include the strong point of your heart, blood vessels' order and the kidneys' fitness. A person who movements regularly, most often has a healthy heart that can drive more blood with each drive and will not need to beat as often in order to keep a normal blood pressure.High Blood pressure also depends upon the artery. Hardened and narrowed arteries caused by old age or a high fat diet can make it harder for the blood to flow, causing the blood pressure to rise. When the arteries begin to stop up, the heart is then subjected to harder work. The kidneys' health also affects blood force. Because the kidneys functions to maintain water and salt volume in the body, if the kidney retains too much water and salt then the blood pressure will also boost.

Marijke Durning said...

Thanks Michael. The information you provided is interesting - but the post is on cholesterol. Perhaps you can post something when I discuss blood pressure?

MizFit said...

how would YOU best suggest someone (read: my husband :)) increase the HDLs

Ive seen so many suggestions...

M.

Marijke Durning said...

Hi MizFit,

I, personally, don't have a lot of experience actively working on raising HDL as, thankfully, we all seem to be ok on that level here in my family.

That being said, one of my favourite sources for information like this is the MayoClinic.com. Their section on cholesterol is pretty all encompassing so you may want to give it a look. It's at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hdl-cholesterol/CL00030

MizFit said...

THANKS!

off to read.
M.