Small dense LDL cholesterol is a protein that can increase a person’s risk of many diseases if they have too much of it. The liver makes blood cholesterol which is a fatty substance that carries cholesterol and fat back and forth to our cells. It also helps our body create hormones. The issue with LDL cholesterol is that it can build up too high within our blood vessels and clog our arteries which can increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke and high blood pressure.
- Small dense LDL is the cholesterol that is waxy and fatty and carries dietary cholesterol from our fat to our cells.
- Clogged arteries make it much more difficult for the heart to get blood throughout the body which is why we want to keep LDL cholesterol low.
- High LDL cholesterol comes with many health risks including stroke, high blood pressure and heart attacks.
“The body naturally produces all of the cholesterol it needs. This means that having a low LDL cholesterol level is not typically a problem, and a person does not need cholesterol from food to increase it.”