LDL Cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein is one of five major lipoprotein groups that exists inside the human body. All of these groups have their respective roles inside the human body and their correct balance is vital in order to keep your body healthy and functioning.
All lipoproteins, colloquially known as cholesterols have the role of transporting fats (or ”Lipids”) throughout the human body using the cardiovascular system. Fats are used not only to store energy inside the cells and the human body, they also play an important role when it comes to building new cells and help the body absorb valuable nutrients such as minerals or vitamins. Even a person with a sedentary, low-activity lifestyle should have at least 3% of fat in their body to be considered healthy.
Cholesterol is synthesized in the liver and the amount synthesized is based on the person’s fat percentage and the amount of fat in their diet. This basically means that the human body produces only so much Cholesterol needed to transport and store the fat inside of it. The more fat present in your body the more Cholesterol is needed to fully utilize that fat.
Even though LDL Cholesterol has a vital role inside the human body, it is often referred to as ”Bad Cholesterol”. High levels of LDL Cholesterol have been associated with many cardiovascular and heart diseases and conditions. As it’s name would suggest, LDL Cholesterol has a much lower density than other any Cholesterols, this means it can by accident get into many nooks and crannies of the human cardiovascular system and cause problems there. For an example, LDL particles can get ”stuck” on walls of arteries and as more time passes LDL particles build up on the arterial wall and create an obstacle in the way of the circulating blood. When LDL builds up to the point at which it completely seals the artery it can lead to conditions such as cardiac arrest or stroke.
In a nutshell: Having high levels of LDL Cholesterol inside your body can seriously harm your health both in the short and in the long run. Read more about What is Considered High Cholesterol?
Luckily for us, there are many ways to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol if that happens to be needed. However, very few will find these ways easy to follow through, in order to reduce cholesterol in the most safest and fastest way a drastic lifestyle change is often needed. Quitting alcohol and smoking, reducing red and fatty meat intake, sitting less and exercising more are only some of the many difficult ways cholesterol can be reduced. Even though these changes may seem hard or almost impossible to many, they are one of the most efficient ways to reduce LDL cholesterol. Not only this, but improving one’s lifestyle leads to better general health and a more optimistic outlook on life.
Everybody loves fried bacon and eggs in the morning and a pint of beer in the evening ,but at one point or another everyone should ask themselves is pleasure in the short run a worthy exchange for health in the long run. An unhealthy life is rare a long and happy one.