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

Healthy Eating

Blood Cholesterol

  • A waxy fat like substance in your blood
  • Made in your liver
  • Body needs small amount for many functions

Two types:

  • High Density Lipoprotein (HDL)
  • Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL)

What are HDL and LDL Cholesterol?

1. High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol
GOOD or “Healthy” Cholesterol
  • Takes blood cholesterol out of your body
  • High levels (more than 1.55mmol/L) are healthy for you
2. Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol
BAD or “Lousy” cholesterol
  • Leaves blood cholesterol in your arteries
  • High levels (above 2.0 mmol/L) can lead to a stroke

You can increase your HDL by:

  • quitting smoking
  • exercising regularly
  • eating less Trans Fat

You can decrease your LDL by:

  • Eating less high fat foods, especially saturated and Trans Fat foods

Blood Cholesterol

  • Cholesterol in food can raise blood cholesterol in some people
  • Saturated fats and trans fats have a bigger impact on your blood cholesterol