Cholesterol is a type of lipid or fat that is found in the foods we eat, and is also produced in the body by the liver.
High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL), or ‘good’ cholesterol, pick up excess cholesterol in the body and transport it to the liver where it is readied for excretion, or to other areas of the body that are in need of cholesterol.
Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL), or ‘bad’ cholesterol, are the main transporters of cholesterol in the body, taking cholesterol from one part of the body to another. Too high a level of circulating LDL in the blood can lead to deposits of cholesterol in the arteries which may affect the health of your arteries.
Managing healthy cholesterol levels is about eating the right kinds of fats, and taking care of other lifestyle factors including getting regular exercise and leading an active lifestyle.