Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is necessary for multiple functions within the body, but having numbers out of range is linked with cardiovascular disease, heart attack and risk of stroke.
LDL: This type of cholesterol is often referred to as the “bad” type of cholesterol. It has gotten this reputation because it likes to congregate around the heart and build up when left unattended, creating blockages within the arteries.
HDL: While LDL are often referred to as “bad”, HDL are in turn the “good guys”. They are so called because of their ability to grab the LDLs and take them back through the liver to be processed and eliminated.
Triglycerides (TG): Consider TGs teenage LDLs – they aren’t yet causing any harm, but if there aren’t enough HDLs in the body to monitor them, the TGs eventually grow up to be LDLs and can wreak havoc.