LDL and HDL Cholesterol: “Bad” and “Good” Cholesterol

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Cholesterol is a fat-like material that provides a structure for a body’s cells. A person’s liver makes most of the cholesterol a body needs, but a person can also get some from foods. Too much can cause a sticky substance (plaque) to build up in blood vessels. This plaque can block blood vessels and cause heart attacks and strokes.

But I feel okay.

Most people with high cholesterol feel healthy and don’t have symptoms. The only way to levels are high is to have cholesterol levels checked.

Cholesterol is checked with a blood test. The test works best if you don’t eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours before the test.

Cholesterol travels through the blood on proteins called “lipoproteins.” Two types of lipoproteins carry cholesterol throughout the body:


  • LDL (low-density lipoprotein)sometimes called “bad” cholesterol, makes up most of your body’s cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol raise your risk for heart disease and stroke.

  • HDL (high-density lipoprotein),or “good”cholesterol, absorbs cholesterol and carries it back to the liver. The liver then flushes it from the body. High levels of HDL cholesterol can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

When your body has too much LDL cholesterol, the LDL cholesterol can build up on the walls of your blood vessels. This buildup is called “plaque.”

As your blood vessels build up plaque over time, the insides of the vessels narrow. This narrowing blocks blood flow to and from your heart and other organs. When blood flow to the heart is blocked, it can cause angina (chest pain) or a heart attack.

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There is only one race of people in the world. It is the human race that almighty creator God put on the Earth.


Acts 17:2, “And God made from one (Adam) every nation (‘ethnos’ in the Greek; ‘ethnic’ is the English word. Nations are ethnicities, not races). So God made from Adam every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times (existence) and the boundaries of their habitation, or lands (countries).” How can people call people racist when we are all from one race, the human race? What we do have is prejudice, when we look at skin color or languages or the nation we come from.


We are not racist because we have different religions or beliefs. The news media today is giving out the misinformation of who we are, according to their ignorance of Bible truth. And now politicians are using these terms for their ignorant political gain. Do we need to ask ourselves, “Who am I?” Well, we are all God’s creation and need to respect God and one another. Yes, I also am a Christian, and if you do not like Christians, you are not a racist, you are prejudiced.


By the way, I am Scottish, Irish, Dutch, French, and Norwegian with black hair and brown skin – so what!


Pastor John Fisher, Point Comfort