LDL: The "Bad" Cholesterol

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Last Updated: 02 May 2022

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that's found in all the cells in your body. Your body needs some cholesterol to work appropriately. However having too much cholesterol in your blood elevates your risk of coronary artery disease. LDL and HDL are 2 types of lipoproteins. The lipids need to be connected to the proteins so they can move through the blood. LDL and HDL have various purposes: LDL means low-density lipoproteins. It is sometimes called the "bad" cholesterol since a high LDL degree brings about a build-up of cholesterol in your arteries. Your liver then gets rid of the cholesterol from your body. This means that you have too much LDL cholesterol in your blood if you have a high LDL degree. When the plaque accumulation is in the arteries of your heart, coronary artery disease takes place. Since your blood lugs oxygen to your heart, this implies that your heart might not have the ability to get enough oxygen. A blood test can measure your cholesterol levels, consisting of LDL. The general suggestions are: For people who are age 19 or more youthful:: The first test ought to be in between ages 9 to 11; Children should have the test again every 5 years; Some children might have this test starting at age 2 if there is a family history of high blood cholesterol, heart attack, or stroke. For people that are age 20 or older:: Younger adults should have the test every 5 years; Men ages 45 to 65 and women ages 55 to 65 need to have it every 1 to 2 years.

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