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Lipoproteins

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Why Our Bodies Need Fats

Essential Fatty Acids

Triglycerides Levels

Cholesterol Levels

Lipoproteins

Dietary Guidelines


Lipoproteins are the transport form of fat in the blood. They contain protein, triglycerides, cholesterol, fatty acids, phospholipids, fat soluble vitamins, steroid hormones and other compounds. The high the protein amount, the high the density.



Lipoprotein Classification


  • VLDL (very low density lipoproteins)-carries
    triglycerides to the tissues for use.
  • LDL (low density lipoproteins)-helps
    carry cholesterol into cells.  High levels
    of this in the blood are associated with atherosclerosis
    and heart disease.
  • HDL (high density lipoproteins)-this
    helps carry cholesterol away from tissues to
    the liver for removal from the body.  High
    levels protect the body from heart disease.

 

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