Tip of the Day: Understanding Cholesterol

Read this tip to find out more about how cholesterol works.

Feb. 08, 2011 — -- If you ever had a question about how cholesterol works "GMA" is here to help. Check out our easy to understand explanation.

Cholesterol can't dissolve in the blood. It has to be transported to and from the cells by carriers called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, is known as "bad" cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is known as "good" cholesterol. These two types of lipids, along with triglycerides and Lp(a) cholesterol, make up your total cholesterol count, which can be determined through a blood test.

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Source: www.americanheart.org