Have you ever read your cholesterol results and thought, “Wait. Which one’s the ‘good’ kind and which one’s the ‘bad’ kind?” Here’s a trick to help you remember what’s what in cholesterol measurements:
Total cholesterol – “Total” is the key word here. This is the total of the “bad” and “good” cholesterol in your blood.
LDL (bad) cholesterol – The “L” stands for “lousy” or “lower.” High LDL is the bad cholesterol that many people may need to lower to a healthy range.
HDL (good) cholesterol – Think “H” for “happy” or “higher.” HDL is the heart-helping good cholesterol. And the higher, the better.
Triglycerides – The key here is “try.” If yours are too high, try to keep these blood fats in a healthy range to protect your heart.
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