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Low Density LipidsLow Density Lipoprotein, also known as low density lipids, LDL or ‘bad cholesterol’, is a molecular protein that carries triglycerides and cholesterol from the liver to other tissues in the body. Low density lipids are made of lipids (fat) and protein and also have a positive function of carrying antioxidants and amino acids throughout the cells.
If your level of low density lipids is high, or in other words your cholesterol is high, you may have an increased chance of hardening of the arteries, heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. It is easy to test your LDL levels with a simple blood test. The American Heart Association suggests that keeping your LDL under 100 milligrams is best, while levels of 159 - 130 milligrams are borderline high. Levels over 160 milligrams should be addressed immediately with a low fat, high fiber diet in addition to exercise.
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