They say that with everything good, comes something bad, and in terms of cholesterol, there is no exception. As well as HDL, the type of cholesterol which gives us several health benefits, our body also contains LDL, the type of cholesterol which gives us several health hazards. LDL (Low-Density-Lipoproteins) are a type of cholesterol which are naturally found in our body, constantly being created by our own livers. The amount or body creates naturally is just enough to keep us healthy, but millions of people across the globe are not grateful for this free cholesterol, so they decide to add more, in the form of fat-filled, unhealthy foods!
LDL is the cholesterol which is responsible for the health hazards such as heart attacks, heart disease, strokes and many more. When too much LDL is present in our bloodstream, our arteries can become narrower, thanks to the build-up arterial plaque which results because of the excess cholesterol. This build-up of arterial plaque restricts the blood flow, and in severe cases, can cause blood clots which completely restrict blood flow to the heart and brain, increasing the chances of a heart attack or a stroke.
Excess LDL cholesterol is typically added to our bodies by consuming too much fried, greasy and saturate dense foods such as fries, burgers, eggs and butter. Restricting consumption of such foods can have a dramatic effect on your LDL levels, and an even bigger effect on your risk of developing a heart problem. LDL levels can be reduced pretty quickly, but taking the risk by letting them get too high in the first place is not worth it, so take the first step as soon as possible by reducing your intake of foods containing high levels of LDL. Your heart will thank you!