Thursday, October 04, 2007

High Cholestrol, Low Cholestrol , Good & Bad Cholestrol and other facts

What is Cholestrol?

Cholestrol is a normal part of your blood and cells. You gete cholestrol in two ways. You body make some of it, and the rest comes from the foods that you eat. Cholestrol is an important part of a healthy body. When cholestrol levels get too high it is a major risk for heart disease and stroke.

If one goes for a cholestrol screening, the report will be talking about some of these terms ...

LDL is also known as the "bad" cholestrol. Too much LDL cholestrol can clog your arteries and increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.


HDL is known as the "good" cholestrol. You body makes HDL cholestrol for your protection and it helps to carry choestrol away from your arteries.


TF is a form of fat. People with diabetes, heart disease, or who are overweight often have high triglycerides.

What are the Healthy Levels of Cholestrol?

Total Cholestrol Less than 200mg/dl

LDL Less than 100mg/dl is best
You LDL goal may depend on other medical conditions you may have. Your LDL level affects your risk for heart disease
and stroke. The lower your LDL cholestrol, the lower your rsik. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you know your personal risk factors and goal LDL.

HDL Greater than 40 mg/dl
This goal may be higher if you are female or if you have other medical conditions. In general a higher HDL is better.

TRIGLYCERIDES Less than 150 mg/dl

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

how would you know if your cholestrol level is too high.