What is it?
Types of Cholesterol
Good or Bad?
The main function of LDL is to carry cholesterol to different parts of the body. Since it takes cholesterol to different parts of the body, it is more likely to build up on arterial walls. This leads to an increased risk of heart disease. That is why LDL is usually called the "bad cholesterol."
HDL's main function is to take cholesterol from your heart and other organs to the liver to be disposed of. This is why it is considered to be the "healthy cholesterol." Some cholesterol is good so only the excess is carried away and disposed of.
Why do doctors monitor the concentrations of LDL and HDL in patient's blood?
How are concentrations of LDL and HDL associated with the risk for heart disease?
What can patients do to change the levels of LDL and HDL in their blood?
Other molecules monitored in patient's blood
- blood sugar level
- total cholesterol