Total Cholesterol:
The Good, The Bad
And The Ugly

Three Main Type Of Total Cholesterol

Total Cholesterol is made up of three types…

  • LDL
  • VLDL
  • HDL
These three make up the good, the bad and the ugly. Of course I made that up. But it rounded out the trilogy rather well I thought. There truly is good and bad however.

LDL: The Bad Cholesterol

It is important to note that cholesterol is absolutely necessary for survival. It must travel through the bloodstream in order to get to the parts of the body where it can be used. It does so by means of little "packets".

One type of packet is LDL or Low-Density Lipoproteins, commonly known as "bad cholesterol". These are responsible for transporting the majority of cholesterol through the blood to the places where it can be used.
Unfortunately LDL is very generous.
It tends to deposit some of its cargo along the way leaving a hard buildup on the interior walls of the arteries.
This buildup of fatty streaks is known as atherosclerosis.
As this buildup increases on the walls of our blood vessels blood flow is restricted. Severe blood flow reduction can lead to a deadening of portions of the heart resulting in heart attack. Therefore it is important to keep LDL levels low.

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VLDL: The Ugly Part Of Total Cholesterol

VLDL (Very Low Density Lipoproteins) compose the "ugly" part of the trio. VLDL is composed mostly of triglycerides. What makes VLDL so ugly is that it tends to convert to LDL in the blood thereby contributing to the danger mentioned above. A diet high in triglycerides, therefore, is a bad idea.

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HDL: The Good Of Total Cholesterol

HDL (you have already guessed HDL stands for High Density Lipoproteins) completes the trilogy taking center stage as "good cholesterol". These lipoproteins carry cholesterol away from body cells and tissues to the liver for excretion from the body. This process is known as reverse cholesterol transport.
This is why low levels of HDL along with high levels of LDL are associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
The LDL deposits cholesterol in the blood vessels while the HDL works to remove it and transport it for excretion.

Total blood cholesterol then is calculated by adding the levels of the three lipoproteins in the blood. An often-used test is to add the levels of all three lipoprotein types. The total of the three is your total blood cholesterol. Divide this total by the amount of HDL.

Ratio = Total Cholesterol / HDL. Ideal ratio is 3.5 or less.

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