Types of Cholesterol
HDL Cholesterol (High Density Lipoprotein)
HDL cholesterol is called good cholesterol because it mops up cholesterol left
behind in your arteries and carries it to the liver where it is broken down and
passed out of the body. Regular physical activity and exercise can help increase
your HDL level. High levels of HDL cholesterol can protect you against getting
LDL cholesterol (Low Density Lipoprotein)
LDL is called bad cholesterol because it sticks to the walls in your arteriesmaking them narrow. This reduces the blood supply to your heart or brain.
Eating too many foods high in saturated fat can raise your LDL cholesterol.
Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood. Having a high level of
triglycerides, can increase your risk of heart disease so they are often measured
as part of a full cholesterol test (lipid screen).