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Older Mommy Still Yummy: Understanding Heart Disease - Cholesterol (part 1 of 4)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Understanding Heart Disease - Cholesterol (part 1 of 4)

Illustration of plague build up in an artery

Cholesterol is one of the fats in your blood.  It is used by your body to make cell membranes, Vitamin D and  hormones.  There are two main types of cholesterol:
  • Low-density Lipoprotein (LDH) cholesterol - often referred to as the "bad" cholesterol (I  remember it as the "L" in the word "low" = Lousy) because high levels of LDH in the blood promotes the build-up of plaque in the artery walls. (see above illustration)
  • High-density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - often referred to as the "good" cholesterol ( again, I remember this as the "H" in the word "high" = Healthy) because it helps carry the LDH cholesterol away from the artery walls.
Triglycerides are not a type of cholesterol, however, they are a type of fat that is found in your blood.  High triglycerides are often associated with excess weight, excess alcohol consumption and diabetes.  Your triglyceride level is often measured at the same time as your blood cholesterol.

Next week -  Cholesterol related to heart disease and stroke.

All information contained in this post was taken from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick website.  Please visit their site for more information.



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At August 10, 2011 at 8:49 PM , Blogger Kathy said...

Our doctor does annual blood work on us and that includes cholesterol tests. Then he writes that along with other information...age, smoking/non, history, weight, etc and comes up with a number for future risk of heart disease.
You may want to ask ...your doctor...about this.

At August 10, 2011 at 11:00 PM , Blogger Monica said...

Kathy, that would be excellent information to have. Thanks for that great suggestion!!

At August 12, 2011 at 7:23 PM , Blogger Clayton Thomas said...

Thanks for the article and suggestion. Cholesterol is something my family has always battled!



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