What is ‘Good’ Cholesterol?
Good cholesterol has a high cholesterol, lipoprotein or HDL. It helps you to guard your cardiac health and encounter all the damages that are caused by lipids or bad cholesterol. According to the studies, the benefits of higher level of HDL highlight the ability of HDL to prevent some chronic diseases like heart attack and strokes. HDL level acts as a guard as far as heart attacks and strokes are concerned.
Small amount of cholesterol is essential for human health. However, most people end up having more cholesterol than what is required by their body. This is because of a combination of many factors like modern diet, lifestyle and genetics. Just like water and oil, cholesterol is another fatty and waxy substance that does not mix well with the blood. It makes its way in all the organs of the body. The LDL and HDL interact with cholesterol and have different effects on your body. It builds cholesterol in your artery and makes them narrow, hard and clogged. The whole process is called atherosclerosis and this is responsible for heart attacks and strokes.
HDL acts as a chemical vacuum cleaner that helps you to draw cholesterol from the blood vessels and transport it to the liver for disposing. Health experts suggest that men should have HDL above 40 milligram per decilitre and women should have 50 milligram per decilitre HDL. The risk of getting a heart attack is more when your HDL is below a given level. The people who have HDL above 60 are less prone to heart attacks and strokes.