What are HDL/ LDL/ Triglycerides?

Cholesterol is carried through your bloodstream by lipoproteins that can be: LDL (low-density lipoprotein), or HDL (high-density lipoprotein). LDL is also known as “bad cholesterol” because it has been linked to atherosclerosis (which causes fatty blockages in the small arteries supplying the heart); an increased risk for heart attacks; strokes and peripheral artery disease. HDL, on the other hand is known as “good cholesterol” because experts believe it picks up LDL cholesterol taking it away from the arteries and back to the liver, thereby protecting the body from heart attacks and strokes.

Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in the body and it is how your body stores excess energy. It is believed that high triglyceride levels combined with a low HDL to LDL cholesterol ratio (low HDL cholesterol or high LDL cholesterol) is linked with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

The keto dietpromotes healthy levels of triglycerides and the correct ratio of HDL and LDL cholesterol when you ensure you eat enough quality fats.

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