When it comes to cholesterol, it is helpful to know that “lipids” is the medical term for your HDL, LDL, VLDL, non HDL, and triglycerides.  Though simplistic, LDL is referred to as the bad cholesterol and HDL the good cholesterol. The reason for this is that cells have a receptor for LDL that allows the cholesterol particles to go in and HDL has receptor that pulls cholesterol away. This is called reverse cholesterol transport and it is important for arterial health. It is increasingly common to see humans with the metabolic syndrome of poor cholesterol numbers. It is mainly because of a lack of exercise coupled with too many carbohydrates. This is characterized by low HDL and high triglycerides and blood sugar is often mildly elevated. The metabolic syndrome is also referred to as prediabetes. This condition increases plaque buildup in the arteries among other things. In this post I share my advice on how to improve your cholesterol levels without medication. How Diet and Exercise Affect Cholesterol A diet excessive in carbohydrates (starches and sugars) puts strain on your glucose regulation system. If you are not burning carbs then you are turning them into triglycerides and fat....