Cholesterol levels: are they good or bad? (HDL, LDL, triglycerides)

Cholesterol levels: are they good or bad? (HDL, LDL, triglycerides)

Total cholesterol (good and bad), triglycerides? Are my levels normal or have they crossed the line?
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What is my cholesterol (HDL, LDL, triglycerides): good and bad?

Cholesterol, fats, blood and our diet.

But we don't often think about their relationship.

Both sugars and fats are important to the body. They form an energy reserve. And not only that.

Fat is found throughout the body and is essential for life. It is part of the cells, cell membranes and other structures of the bodies of living organisms - from the smallest to the largest.

In addition to its storage function, it is essential for fat-soluble vitamins, i.e. A, D, E, K.

Fats are characterized by high energy expenditure.

1 g of fat = approximately 38.9 kJ of energy

Over the course of a lifetime, fat consumption varies. In children, it is 4 to 5 grams of fat per kilogram of body weight per day.

For adults, approximately 1 gram of fat per 1 kilogram of body weight in 1 day is sufficient.

To give you an idea:
A child weighing 20 kg should consume approximately 80-100 grams of fat per day.
An adult weighing 80 kg should consume approximately 80 grams of fat per day.

The numbers better demonstrate some of the body's needs. Neither too low nor too high an intake is good. Both extremes have their negatives that can complicate an individual's health.

It is neither good to eat too much nor too little.

It is important to follow the principles of rational nutrition. This includes a balanced diet containing all nutrients.

Lipids (fats) are related to concepts such as cholesterol, LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), triglycerides.

HDL (good cholesterol) destroys the bad LDL cholesterol.

High cholesterol needs to be lowered. A balanced diet, appropriate nutrients and adequate physical activity will help.

Some people have naturally higher cholesterol levels without any apparent cause.

Table of recommended blood lipid (fat) values

Fats/lipids Recommended values Risk groups
Total cholesterol
  • less than < 5.0 mmol/l
  • 3,2-5,0
  • less than < 4.5 mmol/l
HDL (good cholesterol)
  • more than > 1.0 mmol/l
  • men 1.0 to 2.1
  • women 1.2 to 2.7
  • women more than > 1.2 mmol/l
  • men more than > 1.0 mmol/l
LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • less than < 3.0 mmol/l
  • 1,2-3,0
  • less than < 2.5 mmol/l
Triglycerides, triacylglycerols, TAG
  • less than < 2.0 mmol/l
  • women 0,45-1,70
  • men 0.6-2.2
  • less than < 1.7 mmol/l

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