Good & Bad Cholesterol Explained
Cholesterol is necessary for your body to make hormones and vitamin D and to regulate digestion. That being said, there is “bad” cholesterol and “good” cholesterol. Here’s a quick explanation of what that means:
• There are two main types of cholesterol that are at work in your body.
• The first type is HDL (high-density lipoprotein) which is commonly called “good” cholesterol.
• It’s referred to as good because it helps move cholesterol to your liver to be expelled from your body. It helps remove excess amounts that may have otherwise started to clog your arteries and lowers cholesterol levels overall.
• The other is LDL (low-density lipoprotein) or “bad” cholesterol.
• It’s bad because it moves cholesterol into your arteries.
• If this happens too much, you’ll start to get a buildup of plaque in your arteries. This is known as atherosclerosis and can result in blood clots and heart conditions.
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