HDL vs LDL 101

Bad cholesterol, good cholesterol. Here is the truth: If you do not have enough cholesterol, you will die. Actually, all cells make some cholesterol. LDL is coated in protein. It is a part of all cell membranes. HDL takes LDL back to the liver. If a person does not have enough HDL, the LDL will stay in the tissues and oxidize. That will cause inflammation. Excess triglycerides and cholesterol are converted by the liver to lipoproteins (VLDL/LDL). VLDL (Very Low Density Lipoprotein) dumps triglycerides from the liver to the body. HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) may also collect cholesterol from arteries. Fiber is needed in the diet to attach to excess cholesterol so that it will leave the body. If you do not have enough fiber, it can be "recycled" back!

Cardiac risk is tripled with increased "small particle" LDL. Elevations of homocysteine also increase risk. Elevations of lipoprotein (a) are associated with increased heart attack risk. Lipoprotein (a) is a subset of LDL. These small particle LDLs bury under the lining of artery walls and oxidize. A problem with lipoprotein (a) could be inherited. .

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