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Everything You Wanted to Know About Cholesterol

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Developing high cholesterol becomes increasingly common in older adults.

Every year, it seems like there are new things that we should be eating or shouldn’t be eating. It’s hard to keep track! Cholesterol is one of the most important parts of the food that we eat, and it’s also one of the most confusing things to keep track of. What type of cholesterol is good for senior citizens? What type is bad? Are you eating too much cholesterol or too little? Here is the lowdown on everything that you want to know about cholesterol.

Cholesterol 101

Your body makes cholesterol in your liver every day. Cholesterol is a waxy type of fat that helps move around proteins during hormone production. Cholesterol is mainly found in two different forms in the human body, low-density, and high-density. Low-density or LDL cholesterol is known as bad cholesterol. LDL is the type of cholesterol associated with clogging arteries and heart problems in senior citizens. High-density or HDL cholesterol helps to prevent LDL from doing damage to your arteries.

How Much of LDL And HDL Should You Have?

Most importantly, your body needs a good balance between HDL and LDL cholesterols to work properly. Most bodies function well on under 100 mg/L of LDL and over 40 mg/L for HDL. If you have too much LDL or too little HDL, you can accrue plaque build-up in your arteries and put a great amount of strain on your circulatory system. Any HDL level that is under 40-50 mg/L is a big indicator that you will develop heart disease in the future.

What About Triglycerides?

Triglycerides are actually not a type of cholesterol, even though they are frequently tossed around in the same sentences. Triglycerides are another type of fat that your body produces. Triglycerides work to store anything in your body that your body doesn’t currently need to function. If you eat a lot of carbohydrates but don’t need the energy right now, your body will make triglycerides to store them.

How Does Diet Affect Cholesterol?

Since your body already makes cholesterol, diet is only responsible for about 25% of the needed cholesterol. Even if you ate no additional fats, your body  can produce enough cholesterol for your body to survive. The main dietary reason why someone would have excessive cholesterol would be consuming the wrong types of dietary fat, like saturated and trans fats.

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