Looking for a better understanding of HDL vs. LDL cholesterol?
In one corner is the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) we call the good cholesterol.
In the other corner is the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) we call the bad cholesterol.
But the question is …
What exactly makes the HDL 'good' and the LDL 'bad'?
At the risk of making things more confusing in the LDL versus HDL analysis, neither one is really good or bad by itself. It’s what they do and how they work that makes them good or bad for your arteries and heart health.
Let me explain…
LDL carries cholesterol and triglycerides from the liver to peripheral tissues.
To cut to the chase: This is not what you want.
So the LDL is bad because of where the cholesterol is being transported.
This leads to a “dumping” of cholesterol in the wrong places.
What's the result of this unwanted dumping? Plaque build-up along your artery walls.
And you already know that this accumulation of plaque build-up is what causes atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.
On the other hand…
HDL helps carry lipids through the bloodstream back to the liver. These lipids include LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
So by carrying these harmful fatty substances back to the liver, the liver can then do it’s job and filter it out of the body.
This is what you want to happen.
It’s now believed my many scientists that your good HDL cholesterol does more than just transport nasty fats back to your liver for filtering.
And get this…
New research indicates that a high HDL level may be one of the most accurate predictors of longevity as well.
Hopefully, that gives you a different perspective of the HDL vs. LDL debate so you have a better understanding of their differences.