Good and Bad Cholesterol

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The results of not controlling cholesterol levels can be deadly. Dr. Edward Hill discusses cholesterol levels and their effect on a persons health in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Is high cholesterol good or bad? It depends. A higher ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol is best.

Studies show that the lower the cholesterol, the better in preventing disease. A total cholesterol level of less than 200 milligrams per deciliter is desirable.

Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or LDL, is called bad cholesterol because it can cause cholesterol buildup and blockage of your arteries. High-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or HDL, is referred to as good cholesterol because it helps prevent cholesterol from building up in your arteries. It is mostly protein with only a small amount of fat.

If you are at risk for heart disease, it may be beneficial to raise your HDL cholesterol levels. By lowering LDL cholesterol, you can also reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke and other complications.

To lower your cholesterol, your doctor may first recommend lifestyle changes, such as modifying your diet, quitting smoking, losing weight and exercising. You may also be prescribed medications along with your new diet and exercise plan.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.