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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cholesterol

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Cholesterol is a substance that contributes to the many essential compounds formation, including estrogen, testosterone and vitamin D. But too many cholesterol intake can make trouble. Unused portion of cholesterol gets stored as plaque in arteries and in some condition this can disturb blood traffic.
Sources of Cholesterol
Food and beverage that contain Cholesterol such as milk, cheese, poultry eggs, meets, and fish.
The Type of Cholesterol
There are two type of cholesterol HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol).
1. HDL
HDL is a good cholesterol, the higher number of HDL, means better. Low level means `beware` of heart disease. An HDL less than 40mg/dL is considered low.
2. LDL
We call LDL as a bad cholesterol because it builds up plaque in the walls of arteries.

Total Blood Cholesterol
Total Blood Cholesterol number refers to the amount of cholesterol circulating in the bloodstream. It provides a direct correlation the amount of plaque in the arteries.
Total Blood Cholesterol is a combination of HDL and LDL. The Total Blood Cholesterol level less than 200 mg/dL is desirable.
How much fat and cholesterol intake each day? Here the recommendations of The American Heart Association.
1. less than 200 mg of dietary cholesterol each day,
2. between 25% and 35% of the day`s total calories should come from fat,
3. less than 7% to 10% of the day`s total calories should come from saturated fat.

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