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Step up to a Healthier You with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Blood Cholesterol

A picture of a drop of bloodTypes of Blood Cholesterol

High density lipoprotein (HDL)

Cholesterol that is good for you because it helps remove blood cholesterol out of your body through the liver. HDL cholesterol is also known as the “good” or “healthy” cholesterol. An easy way to remember this is H for Healthy. You want to keep your HDL blood level high.

Low density lipoprotein (LDL)

Cholesterol that is bad for you because it leaves plaque deposits in your arteries. LDL cholesterol is also known as the “bad” or “lousy” cholesterol. An easy way to remember this is L for Lousy. You want to keep your LDL blood level low.

Triglycerides

A type of fat found in the blood that also increases your risk of stroke and heart disease. 

Chart showing the differences between good and bad cholesterol described in this module

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