Cholesterol is essential for your body to function properly. It is used to make hormones, build new cells, protect nerves and other important functions. Your body get cholesterol from what is produce by the liver and from the food you eat.
What is the difference between good and bad cholesterol?
There are two main types of cholesterol: High-density lipoprotein (HDL) and Low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
LDL is bad cholesterol because too much LDL in your blood can cause your arteries to become narrow and hard. HDL is good cholesterol because it prevents excess cholesterol from building up in the blood vessel.
What happen if you have high blood cholesterol?
If not well-managed and controlled, high blood cholesterol can lead to heart attack or stroke. This is because excess cholesterol will clog up the arteries for the blood to flow through. Lowering of abnormal LDL cholesterol level is most crucial in the prevention of these complications.
You would be able to know the good and bad cholesterol percentage in your body when you go for a health screening at Acumed medical
What are the ways to reduce your cholesterol?
- Reduce consumption of food high in saturated and trans fat.
- Maintain a healthy weight through exercise and balanced diet.
- Eat more fibre such as whole grain food, vegetables, fruit and beans.
- Quit smoking
*This articles in no way represent the medical advices of Acumed Medical Group and is intended solely for blogging purposes