Different Types Of Cholesterol And Ldl Cholesterol

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There are two different types of cholesterol in the human body; LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol. LDL, also called low-density lipoprotein and the “bad” cholesterol, is the primary cholesterol transporter responsible for moving cholesterol in the human body after it has been manufactured in the liver. it transports cholesterol to the arteries, but too much of it can result in build up in the artery walls resulting in plaque. This leads to atherosclerosis, clogged arteries and obstruction of blood flow, therefore causing heart attack and stroke. b. HDL, also called “good” cholesterol, is a high-density lipoprotein, responsible for removing the “bad” cholesterol from the walls of the arteries and transporting it back to the liver, where it can be disposed of. c. The ratio between HDL and total cholesterol levels is determined by dividing the total cholesterol level by the level of HDL. The purpose of that is to eliminate the HDL level and leave the level of “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, which can give a better idea of how high the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease is. d. As mentioned above, this test also measures the levels of triglycerides in the blood. Triglycerides are found in the human cells. They are the the form in which most natural fats and oils in the body exist. Triglycerides store energy in the form of fat and preserve it for when the body needs it. They don’t dissolve in the blood and can travel around the blood stream. High triglyceride levels in the blood can lead to cardiovascular disease. e. Blood glucose levels were also measured in this test. Blood glucose is the sugar in the blood. It is the main source of energy in the human body. High levels of glucose is also called hyperg... ... middle of paper ... ..., which allows for a very active work environment. I walk an average of 4 hrs, 5 times a week at work. I use a battery powered monitor on my wrist and it calculates approximately 20,000 steps a day, compared to that of the average American at 10,000 steps. I also snowboard, do yoga, hike and jog regularly depending on the season. I include many plant based foods in my diet and limit my intake of foods that contain saturated fats and salt. Even though I consider myself to be active and a healthy eater, as well as being at a very low risk of cardiovascular disease, there is on thing that I can do to improve my overall health; drinking more water. I catch myself forgetting to drink enough water throughout the day. Working on that will decrease my risk of developing heart disease even more and it will contribute to the already healthy lifestyle that I chose for myself.

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