What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a compound of the sterol type found in most body tissues, including the blood and the nerves. Cholesterol is a critical component of cell membranes, the precursor to all steroid hormones, and precursor to vitamin D, and the limiting factor that the brain cells need to make connection with one another called synapses.
Cholesterol plays a role in facilitating cell signaling meaning the ability of your cells to communicate with each other so you function as a human.
One of cholesterol's many functions is the body is to act as a precursor to Vitamin D.
Since cholesterol is a precursor to vitamin D, inhibiting the synthesis of cholesterol will also inhibit the synthesis of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is in all animals food and tend to be high in cholesterol.
Other sources of vitamin D include fatty fish, some shellfish, egg yolks, butter, cod liver oil, lard, and etc.
Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL)
The type of cholesterol that puts your heart at risk a.k.a. the bad cholesterol.
LDL is a microscopic blob that's made up of an outer rim of lipoprotein that surrounds a cholesterol center.
Lipoprotein is a cholesterol that doesn't dissolve in blood, so proteins carry it where it needs to go.
You an your doctor work together to develop your own personal strategy to lower LDL by a certain percentage. Its based on your level of risk for heart disease or strokes.
LDL-C level can be evaluated as: Less than 100 mg/dL is good. 100-129 mg/dL is okay but not great. 130-159 mg/dL is really high
HDL is a good cholesterol that removes harmful cholesterol from where it doesn't belong.
HDL reduces the risk of heart disease.
Each bit of HDL cholesterol is a microscopic blob that consists of a rim of lipoprotein surrounding a cholesterol center.
HDL reduces, reuses, and recycles LDL cholesterol by transporting it to the liver where it can be reprocessed.
The normal HDL range is 35 to 65 mg/dL for men, 35 to 80 mg/dL for women.