What is HDL(Cholesterol)? How to increase it?
Maintaining optimal HDL levels can help protect you againstheart disease.
What is HDL(Cholesterol)?High-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as “good” cholesterol, is one among two typesof cholesterol found in your blood. The second type is low-density lipoprotein (LDL),sometimes called “bad” one. Optimal levels of HDL may lower your risk of heartattack and stroke. HDL cholesterol helps your body remove LDL by carrying it from thebloodstream and artery walls to your liver, where LDL is broken down and excreted from thebody.
HDL Cholesterol LevelsCholesterol is measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per decilitre (dl) of blood.The following are considered healthy and unhealthy blood levels of HDL cholesterol,according to the Mayo Clinic: Poor: below 40 mg/dl (men) and below 50 mg/dl (women) Better: 50 to 59 mg/dl Ideal: 60 mg/dl and above