HDL (good) cholesterol
HDL cholesterol, also known as good cholesterol, is beneficial because it reduces the levels of LDL cholesterol and protects against cardiovascular disease. The HDL particles carry cholesterol from the veins towards the liver, where it is excreted from the body. This is the reason why high levels of HDL cholesterol are an important health factor. However, HDL needs to maintain at a high level to protect us from cardiovascular disease. If our HDL cholesterol level drops below 1mmol/l the HDL level is considered low. Between 1 and 1.2 mmil/l is determined as average (normal). However, a level higher than 1.5 mmil/l is a healthy amount to protect us from cardiovascular disease. Therefore, the more HDL cholesterol we have, the better it is for our health. Whilst HDL cholesterol can be managed through diet and lifestyle, HDL cholesterol is also influenced by our genes. We analyse the genes with the greatest impact on HDL cholesterol. In this way, we can effectively determine the level of HDL cholesterol that is determined by your genes.