What is the difference between triglycerides and cholesterol?

Triglycerides and cholesterol are separate types of lipids (fatty acids) that circulate in your blood. Triglycerides store unused calories as fat, and provide your body with energy. Cholesterol is used to build specific hormones and cells. Because neither of these fats can dissolve in your blood, they circulate throughout your body with the help of proteins.

High levels of triglycerides and LDL cholestrol are unhealthy for your body and can cause serious heart issues, diseases, and strokes.

What is the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol?

HDL cholesterol is considered “good cholesterol” and protects your heart. It transports harmful cholesterol (LDL) out of your arteries, including the ones connected to your heart. Having a high level of HDL cholesterol in your bloodstream is recommended.

LDL cholesterol is considered “bad cholesterol” and is made by your body but also absorbed from cholesterol-rich foods such as dairy and red meat. LDL can create blockages in your arteries by combining with other fats and substances, like triglycerides. Blockages reduce your blood flow to important organs and can cause serious health issues.

 

 

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