Chapter 5 Vol 2
Types of Cholesterol

There are 2 main types of blood cholesterols:

  • Low-density lipoprotein(LDL) – also known as the “bad” cholesterol because it develops plaque. It accumulates in the walls of your blood vessels, clog them, and put you at higher risk for cardiovascular diseases due to the narrowed artery when the clot is formed. This condition is called as atherosclerosis.
  • High-density lipoprotein(HDL) – also known as ‘good’ cholesterol as it helps to discard the “bad” cholesterol away from the arteries and back to liver to break down and pass the cholesterol from the body. Thus, you will be protected from heart attack and stroke when you have a healthy level of HDL cholesterol.

Having high cholesterol can be detrimental to your health, and it opens up doors for many diseases in the future. According to the latest statistics, more than 100 million Americans suffer from high cholesterol today.

So what causes it?


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