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VLDL cholesterol: normal values ​​and what occurs when it is high or low

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VLDL, also known as very low density lipoprotein, is considered a “bad” type of cholesterol, just like LDL, because its high values ​​in blood cause the grease to accumulate in the arteries, forming plaques atheromatous, increasing the risk of suffering heart disease.

VLDL cholesterol is produced in the liver and has the function of transporting triglycerides through the blood stream, to be stored and used as energy sources. That’s why high levels of this cholesterol and triglycerides end up increasing VLDL cholesterol.

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normal values

Currently, there is no consensus on the reference value of the VLDL because there is no simple and direct way to measure it. VLDL cholesterol is generally calculated using an estimated percentage of the value of triglycerides. Its normal values ​​must be found below 30 mg/dL. See normal cholesterol values.

Are low VLDL levels bad?

Keeping the levels of VLDL low in no one is at risk for health, as this means that the levels of triglycerides and fat are low, which favors the health of the heart and blood vessels.

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Risks of having high VLDL cholesterol

Elevated values ​​of VLDL cholesterol increase the risk of formation of atheromatous plaques, which are formed by the accumulation of grease in the arteries and obstructing the blood vessels, decreasing the flow of blood and increasing the risk of causing a heart attack, hypertension or an accident cerebrovascular (ACV).



This risk is, however, higher if the LDL values ​​are also high, as this type of cholesterol favors the appearance of cardiovascular diseases.

How to lower VLDL cholesterol

To lower the VLDL, it is necessary to reduce the levels of triglycerides in the blood, having a diet low in fats and rich in foods with fibers, as shown in the table below:

what to eat What to eat or avoid
Pollo, pavo y pescados sin piel Red and fried meats
Quesos blancos y bajos en grasa Amarillo cheeses like cheddar, emmental, brie and queso crema
Milk and skimmed yogurts Complete milk and sausages, salami, bologna, tocineta, tocino, chorizos, morcilla, jamón
Fruits, natural juices without sugar and natural ingredients Refreshments, teas and industrialized yokes
Legumbres and vegetables, preferably raw Frozen list food, soups en sobre y sazonadores like cubitos, salsas en general
Seeds such as sunflower, linaza and chia, as well as dried fruits (almendras, nueces, nuez de Brasil) Pizza and frozen lasagna, salsas in general
Foods rich in fiber such as bread, brown rice and camote (in small portions) White rice, bread, pasta, dulces, pasteles y galletas rellenas

Also, it is important to control your weight, do physical activity regularly and go to the doctor at least once a year to evaluate your heart health, and depending on the results, the doctor will evaluate if you need to take any medication to lower your body. cholesterol.

Find out some home remedies to lower cholesterol and see some changes you should make in your diet, in the video below:

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