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What is the difference between HDL and LDL Cholesterol?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: Nov 08, 2019

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B. Mary

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B. MaryHealth Care manager, MHA(Master's In Healthcare Administration), Raleigh, North Carolina
Health Care manager, MHA(Master's In Healthcare Administration), Raleigh, North Carolina

Answered on Nov 08, 2019

HDL and LDL are both types of cholesterol that can be found in the body. HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein while LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. HDL is also considered to be “good cholesterol” mainly because this allows the excess cholesterol to be taken to the liver wherein it will be effectively removed from the body.

LDL is considered to be “bad cholesterol” mainly because this goes straight to the arteries. Too much cholesterol in the arteries can make it harder for the blood to pass through. It will also be harder for the oxygen to be received by the different parts of the body.

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G. Deacon

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G. DeaconCivil Engineer, B.E(Bachelor of Engineering), Trenton, New Jersey
Civil Engineer, B.E(Bachelor of Engineering), Trenton, New Jersey

Answered on Nov 04, 2019

A lot of people assume that cholesterol is all bad, but there are also some distinctions, particularly with HDL and LDL cholesterol. HDL means high-density lipoprotein, while LDL means low-density lipoprotein. HDL is known to be “good” for the body because it will place the cholesterol to your liver so that it can be removed from the body.

The excess cholesterol will be removed, and there is no chance that excess cholesterol will clog up the arteries. LDL will place the cholesterol to your arteries, which can increase the chances of the arteries clogging up. You need to know what type of cholesterol you are consuming and make sure to eat healthier to prevent the buildup of cholesterol.

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L. Cooper

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L. CooperData Analyst, MCA, Newcastle
Data Analyst, MCA, Newcastle

Answered on Nov 01, 2019

HDL is the acronym for High-Density Lipoprotein. It is also commonly referred to as “good cholesterol” because it gets rid of excess cholesterol in the body by transporting cholesterol to the liver to be expelled by the body. Try to keep the number of HDL in the body on the high side because the higher the number, is the better. LDL, on the other hand, is the acronym for Low-Density Lipoprotein; it is also called “bad cholesterol” because it transports cholesterol to the blood, where it can clog the blood vessel wall.

This leads to building up plaques, which can cause atherosclerosis and further lead to complications such as stroke, hypertension, and heart attack. Try to keep LDL levels on the low side because of the higher the level, the more the risk of having certain health conditions.

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