Cholesterol, LDL, and HDL

By Riley Kabance

What is Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a compound of the sterol type found in most body tissue, including the blood and nerves. It is also a health-promoting substance. It is a critical component of cell membranes, the precursor to all steroid hormones, a precursor to vitamin D, and the limiting factor that brain cells need to make connections with one another called synapses, making it essential to learning and memory.


LDL stands for Low-density lipoprotein. LDL is a microscopic blob that's made up of an outer rim of lipoprotein that surrounds a cholesterol center. LDL is considered "bad" because it leads to plaque building up in the arteries and results in heart disease and stroke. This type of cholesterol is produced in the liver and instrumental in the creation of cell walls, hormones, and digestive juices. You can lower your LDL in 3 different ways. The first and easiest way to lower it is by diet. The second way to lower LDL is by exercise. While diet and exercise should be your two main options for fighting off LDL cholesterol, you can also look into various dietary suppliments


HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein. HDL removes harmful bad cholesterol from where it doesn't belong. HDL is considered "good" because it reduces risk of heart disease and stroke.