The good, the bad and the ugly – cholesterol that is

Apparently October is cholesterol month so I thought it would be good to take a quick look at this important issue and set the scene for the month.
Cholesterol is really important to us humans. It forms part of all our cells in our bodies and is needed for things like converting sunlight absorbed through our skin into a useable form of vitamin D as well as making hormones such as oestrogen and testosterone and we all need those!
But there is good cholesterol and its really bad brother. Cain and Abel if you like to think biblically.
Cain is low density lipoproteins, LDL for short, because it can clog up our arteries and cause all sorts of horrible problems.
Good guy Abel, high density lipoprotein or  HDL, helps protect blood vessels by moving LDL to the liver to be processed and disposed of.
If you have a blood test you should be pleased if your LDL is low and your HDL is high.
Ugly covers the triglycerides and are as risky in high numbers as LDL. They can be raised if you drink too much alcohol or take too much sugar in your diet.
The remedy ?
Eat more omega 3 fats, which are found in oily fish for example. 2 helpings a week can work wonders, as can exercise or activity – 30 minutes a day-   and taking more fibre from starchy carbs and fruit and veg every day.
So keep on eating drinking and being merry, but remember you want to do so in the company of Abel not Cain.
And an image

 of Clint Eastwood, just because. sorry not sorry.

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