Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Maintaining HDL, LDL and total cholesterol levels within the normal range is one big way we can keep the heart healthy. Health care practitioners believe that an optimal balance between good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol is key to maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. A healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle are important to heart health. And specific nutrients can help to maintain already-healthy cholesterol levels.

Heart Health & Cholesterol

General Cholesterol Management

“Cholesterol” refers to waxy substances your body creates for several reasons. There are three commonly measured forms of cholesterol.

Cholesterol Management Information & Research

What is low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol?

LDL is a combination of fat (cholesterol) wrapped in an outer layer of protein. It is sometimes called the "bad" cholesterol. Keeping LDL levels within normal range helps maintain arterial health. Diet, weight, physical activity level, age, gender, and family genetic history can all affect your levels of circulating LDL.

What is high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol?

HDL, a high-density lipoprotein, is sometimes called the "good" cholesterol because it carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver, which then filters the cholesterol from your blood and helps eliminate it from your body. You can support your HDL level by eating a healthy diet, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and making healthy lifestyle choices, such as limiting alcohol intake.

What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat that can be measured in blood. These energy-storage lipids have a critical role in metabolism. After eating, your body converts some calories it doesn’t need to triglycerides that are stored in fat cells, and those triglycerides are released for energy production between meals. Life Extension puts optimal triglyceride levels below 100 mg/dL.

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