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Good Cholesterol Versus Bad Cholesterol: HDL versus LDL

  By posted Jul 2nd 2013
Healthy Living
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HDL: High Density Lipoprotien is Good Cholesterol

What is HDL?: HDL transports the cholesterol back to the liver from tissues and prevents deposition in the arteries and hence is good.

Levels of HDL:
Men: above 40 mg/dL
Women: above 50 mg/dL

Sources of HDL: Almonds, canola oil, cashews, hazelnuts, olive oil , peanut butter, peanut oil, sunflower oil, avocados, soya bean  and soya bean oil, walnuts, corn oil, tuna, pumpkin seeds etc. are good sources of MUFA  and PUFA. Poultry without skin and fish are low in cholesterol. Cereals, fresh fruit, and vegetables contain no cholesterol.

Health benefits of HDL Cholesterol: HDL reduces the build up of cholesterol in the blood vessels, hence helps prevent artherosclerosis and its complications. HDL reduces the risk of heart diseases, and those health problems associated with LDL.

ALSO READ: Top 10 Must Include Good Cholesterol Food in Your Diet

Reference:
NLM

 



LDL: Low Density Lipoprotien is Bad Cholesterol.

What is LDL?: If the amount of LDL is high and cholesterol gets deposited in your arteries, it is bad for you as it could make the arteries narrower.

Levels of LDL: The level of cholesterol is determined by a blood test done after 12 hours of fasting.
LDL: 160 - 189 mg/dL
Boderline LDL: 130 - 159 mg/dL

Sources of LDL:
Saturated fats like butter, cheese, coconut oil, cream, egg yolks, poultry skin, red meat and whole milk.

Health risk associated with LDL:
LDL is responsible for angina, heart attacks, heart failure, stroke or kidney diseases.

ALSO READ: Is High LDL Cholesterol a Key Factor for Poor Heart Health?

Reference:
NLM

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