Are there different types of cholesterol?

Yes. Different types of cholesterol and fats have different effects. The most commonly known types are:

LDL Cholesterol

Also known as the “bad” cholesterol. LDL cholesterol can accumulate and build up in your arteries and has been associated with causing heart disease. The higher the level of LDL in your blood, the higher your risk for heart disease.

HDL Cholesterol

Until recently not a lot of attention was given to High-density lipoprotein, or HDL cholesterol. Now it is commonly called the “Good” cholesterol. HDL has been associated with removing cholesterol from the blood. High levels of HDL in your blood may help to reduce your risk of heart disease. A low level can increase your risk of heart disease.


Excess triglycerides in your blood stream is called hypertriglyceridemia, and has been linked to the occurrence of coronary artery disease. High levels of triglycerides may also be the consequence of other disease, such as untreated diabetes mellitus.

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