Saturday, January 28, 2012

LDL vs HDL

We always saw or heard Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) on the newspaper, forum, and also food product's commercial and we also know which is bad and which is good for our body. But does anyone know what are their specific usage in our body?

 I always believe if you know something better you will learn how to appreciate and take care of your own health, instead of being brainwash or mindset by other people telling you don't eat that don't eat this.

Here are some of the simple and basic usage of HDL and LDL that i tried to summarize down to you guys.




Cholesterol

Normally we obtain our cholesterol from different varieties of sources. One of the infamous cholesterol sources is chicken skin, fatty layer pork and other foods as well.

LDL and HDL

Imagine LDL and HDL like a transporter. They transport cholesterol back and forth from around the body and back to the liver.





  • When the body contain extra cholesterol, HDL will carry cholesterol back to the liver for excretion or re-utilization. 
Just as simple as that.

What happen when LDL level increase?
 It will causes cardiovascular disease by blocking and clotting blood vessel with deposits of plague. That is why we're always encourage to reduce food intake which are high in LDL and exercise will help in maintain the level of LDL in our body. This are the general problems but there are alot of other problems when our cholesterol is high. 

Having said that, although LDL may sound bad for our health. Doesn't mean we have to eliminate all LDL from our body. We need them as well but not in high amount in our body.

  • Organs meat (chicken liver, goose)
  • Oils ( eg: coconut oils)
  • Fatty meat (beef, pork, duck, lamb)
  • Margarine 
  • Vegetables
  • Fish
  • Chicken
Not to forget, exercise once or twice a week and alcohol in moderation. Although there are research of smoking may lead to high LDL but we all know smoking is bad and we shouldn't smoke. 

Disclaimer: this is just a basic simple summary of LDL and HDL for general understanding of it. 


Hayden Chan

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