High Cholesterol

High Cholesterol

What is high Cholesterol and what does it affect?

In this article we spell it all out!

Cholestrol is carried through your blood, attached to proteins. This combination of proteins and cholesterol is called a lipoprotein. There’s 2 different types of cholesterol, one the “good” the other the “bad”

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, transports cholesterol particles throughout your body. LDL cholesterol builds up in the walls of your arteries, making them hard and narrow.
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL). HDL, or “good” cholesterol, picks up excess cholesterol and takes it back to your liver.

HDL versus LDL cholesterol

Cholesterol moves through your body while inside lipoproteins. HDL is known as “good cholesterol” because it transports cholesterol to your liver to be expelled from your body. HDL helps rid your body of excess cholesterol so it’s less likely to end up in your arteries.

Risk factors

Factors that can increase your risk of bad cholesterol include:

  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Age
  • Diabetes

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