Do you know your cholesterol levels? And the HDL and LDL levels? And do you know what the normal or “good” range is? And which one is good cholesterol and which one is bad?
Well, then you are doing better than me. I have kind of ignored all the health talk about cholesterol and transfats and triglycerides. I don’t eat much deep fried food. Hate the big M and deep fried chicken. Have a normal body mass index. Don’t smoke. So I kinda put my faith in dumb luck. Had a niggling concern because of the amount of chocolate and biscuits I eat. But what you don’t know, can’t hurt you??? Maybe?
OK, in summary, cholesterol is a type of fat and we need it to function. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) carry cholesterol to your cells and at high levels it can cause fatty deposits to form in your arteries. LDL are called the bad cholesterol. High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, on the other hand, is considered ‘good’ cholesterol. HDL transports excess cholesterol out of cells in your body, including in your arteries, and back to the liver where it’s either re-used or removed from your system.
Healthy levels for adults with no risk factors, my results in bold are:
Total cholesterol Below 4.0 mmol/L, though some say below 5.0 is OK. 4.8
LDL cholesterol Below 2.5 mmol/L 2.9
HDL cholesterol Above 1.0 mmol/L 1.4
Clearly I have some work to do. And finding out information will be a start.