Cholesterol: The Good and the Bad, reiterated
Cholesterol has a bad reputation, its name linked to heart attacks, strokes, and other types of cardiovascular disease. Yet cholesterol is as necessary for human health as water or air.
Cholesterol comes from two sources – the body and food. The liver secretes 75% of the cholesterol that circulates in blood, and the remaining 25% comes from the food that we eat. At normal levels, cholesterol actually plays an important role in functioning of the cells. But cholesterol levels are precariously high in more than 100 million Americans.
There are two types of cholesterol, namely High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is good cholesterol, which helps remove bad cholesterol and prevents it from accumulating inside the arteries. The optimal score is 60. LDL known as the bad cholesterol, when combines with other substances clog the arteries. Usually…
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