Cholesterol Misconceptions

Ask the man or woman in the street and, chances are, they'll tell you that cholesterol is fat. It's actually a sterol with a chemical structure not found in fats. And, like fats, cholesterol is essential to good health. Men need it for testosterone production. A woman's body uses it to make estrogens. Another common misconception is that there are 2 varieties of cholesterol, one 'good' another 'bad'. There's really only one type. The difference is whether it's transported in your body by high-density lipoproteins (HDL) or low-density lipoproteins (LDL). LDLs deposit cholesterol on artery walls while HDLs remove this waxy sterol from your arteries.

The Bigger Picture: You can potentially lower your levels of LDL transported cholesterol in several ways. Diet may have some effect, since about 1/3rd of the cholesterol produced in your body is directly attributed to food choices. 30 minutes of daily exercise can also help lower the 'bad' cholesterol number, and losing weight can have an even more dramatic impact. Since these 3 methods for fighting cholesterol are all interrelated, you have one more very good reason to stick with a sensible diet of whole foods and commit to a regular fitness program.
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Dec 29, 2007
cholesterol is actually good for is responsible for the production of testosterone, don`t you know that?