Becky Captain is a nurse practitioner in preventive cardiology. Becky
Answers the questions, what is cholesterol? What is HDL and LDL cholesterol? What is good and bad cholesterol? What should my cholesterol be? And What are healthy cholesterol levels?

Captain explains that cholesterol is a waxy fat substance found within our bodies. Cholesterol is a natural product that is needed for some of our body functions and is made within the liver. Too much cholesterol can increase our risk for heart disease. However, not all cholesterol is bad to have. High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is good cholesterol and can protect you from obtaining heart disease. HDL will transport the bad cholesterol from our arteries to the liver to be discreted from the body. Becky Captain also gives great insight into how to raise HDL levels, such as quitting smoking and exercising.
Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is one of the bad fats in our body. Excess LDL cholesterol can increase your risk of developing heart disease. Becky Captain also gives many examples of ways to reduce your LDL levels, not only through lifestyle modifications, but through potential medication and supplement usage as well.

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