The levels tested for cholesterol from a simple blood test can determine the balance in your body. Our bodies produce and store both good and bad cholesterol. There is a certain about that is needed to live a healthy lifestyle.
Good cholesterol is used by our bodies to build up cell membranes. It helps produce sex hormones in our systems. Not only that it plays a big role in producing Vitamin D and bile acids which are needed for digestive purposes.
Bad cholesterol is the substance that can harm our healthy bodies as we eat, sleep and breathe. A diet in high saturated fats will increase the levels of bad cholesterol within our blood stream and build up plaque in the walls of your arteries. Your family genes have a big play on the levels your body may obtain. Being inactive and or overweight also factors into an increased blood level reading.
Everyone has questions and worries about what their cholesterol levels are. Some of the basic information for some may be confusing because of medical terminology. Let’s go over a few basics so we can all understand a little more.
What do the abbreviations stand for?
HDL means High density lipoprotein
HDL is referred to as good cholesterol
LDL means Low density lipoprotein
LDL is referred to as bad cholesterol
What is a lipoprotein?
Lipoproteins are molecules made up of proteins and fat. Their purpose is to transport cholesterol and similar substances through the blood stream.
What are triglycerides?
Triglycerides are a chemical formulation of most of the fats that exist in the food we eat as well as in our bodies.
How do I know what category my HDL numbers fall into?
HDL Levels (good cholesterol)
Less than 40 – Low
40-59 – Average
60 and higher – High
How do I know what category my LDL numbers fall into?
LDL Levels (bad cholesterol)
Under 100 – tells you your bad cholesterol is very low
100-129 – Low
130-159 – Average
160-189 – High
190 and higher – Very high How do I know what category my Triglycerides fall into?
Under 100 – Ideal
100-149 – Normal
150-199 – Borderline high
500 and higher – Extremely high
Find a doctor or make an appointment with yours today and get your blood tested to know what the next steps are to continuing a long and healthy life with a few changes to your active lifestyle.
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