We all know that there are 2 kinds of cholesterol that we should try to balance: good and bad. Keep the good HDL cholesterol high and keep the bad LDL cholesterol low.
Recently, though, scientists have been discussing a third kind of cholesterol that is worse than bad. In fact, it is downright ugly.
A study from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark looked at the health and diet of over 70,000 Danes.
They found that for an overwhelming majority of instances, “ugly” cholesterol was actually the culprit in causing heart-killing plaque to build up.
Also called remnant cholesterol, it differs from LDL in that it is mainly triglycerides.
This Very Low Density Lipoprotein, or VLDL cholesterol, is inversely connected to HDL (the good cholesterol). When VLDL rises, HDL drops as a result.
It is manufactured by your liver and having high levels is even thought to be the result of widespread inflammation. This type of inflammation is caused by fatty, fried food and most processed foods as well.
For those who have a very high ratio of VLDL to HDL in the blood, they are found to have the highest risk of developing coronary artery disease and wind up as the most likely to die of heart attack.
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