Lipoproteins are the building blocks of cholesterol. They are generally categorized as low density or high density. The low density lipoproteins, LDL cholesterol, are considered the “bad” cholesterol and need to be lower than 200 mg/dL of blood. High density lipoproteins or HDL are considered good.
Lipoproteins have an important role in building cells in the body. In addition the HDL cholesterol acts as a cleansing agent for the build up of LDL cholesterol in the arteries. That is why many therapies to manage cholesterol are designed to raise HDL cholesterol to above 40 mg/dL and lower LDL cholesterol.
Read the following Lipoproteins articles to know more about Cholesterol:
LDL, HDL & What All Those Cholesterol Numbers Really Mean
Everyone it seems is talking about lowering their cholesterol, but just what is a good cholesterol level
Lower Cholesterol Lp(a) and LDL
Lp (a) cholesterol is another undesirable lipoprotein that is also a low density lipoprotein.
Lower Cholesterol and Prevent Oxidized Low Density Lipoprotein
Lower cholesterol and lower your risk factors for heart disease.
The Other Lipoprotein: Very Low Density Lipoprotein
The lower the density of the lipoprotein the worse it is because it is more fats than protein.
What’s Good About “Bad” Cholesterol?
LDL, at least some amount, may not be all bad. There is an important role for LDL cholesterol, especially for those who do not drink enough water.
Lower Cholesterol or Raise It?
Cardiologists at Johns Hopkins Hospital have determined that by raising the HDL cholesterol by even a single milligram per deciliter, the rate of heart attack is reduced by about 3 percent.
Hypolipoproteinemia Caused by Low Cholesterol
Usually lower cholesterol is a desirable trait, but for a small
number of people their Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is so
low it is practically non-existent.
Lower Cholesterol: What's The Difference Between "Good" And "Bad" Cholesterol?
Learn the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol.
Lower Cholesterol Achieved through Better Understanding of Nutrition
It makes sense that lower cholesterol levels can be achieved through a good diet. There is, however, even better news about the connection between lower cholesterol and diet.
Smoking Decreases HDL Cholesterol
The harmful effects of smoking can lower your good cholesterol.
Low HDL Cholesterol Marker for Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome, also called syndrome X, is marked by several conditions including low levels of High Density Lipoprotein cholesterol.
Another Role for HDL Cholesterol
High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is the so-called good cholesterol. It acts as a cleansing agent against the build up of the bad or Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the arteries.
Cholesterol Levels and Risk of Heart Disease Linked to Protein
A specific protein known as Mannose Binding Lectin (MBL) has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease that is also magnified by high cholesterol.
The Role of LDL Receptors in
When it comes to cholesterol, not everything is bad. Managing cholesterol is all about how much cholesterol enters the blood stream and how much is used by the cells to produce Vitamin D, the cell membrane and important hormones.
How HDL is Able to Reduce Cholesterol
Many articles in this series state that HDL or High Density Lipoprotein cholesterol is effective in reducing cholesterol by cleansing the arteries of the build up of the bad cholesterol known as LDL or Low Density Lipoprotein.
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