Does alcohol affect ldl cholesterol?

Raise your glass if you give a damn about your cholesterol levels! No one? Well, let me tell you a bit about low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few decades, LDL cholesterol is known as the “bad” kind because it clogs up arteries and leads to heart disease. Let’s not beat around the bush any longer – alcohol consumption can lead to higher levels of this pesky molecule in our bodies.

But before you swear off happy hour forever, let’s take a closer look at how alcoholic drinks affect our health.

What Exactly Is LDL Cholesterol?

To understand how alcohol affects our body, we need to know what we’re dealing with here. Think of LDL cholesterol as tiny trucks that transport fat molecules throughout our bloodstream – which may seem like no big deal until those little haulers start colliding into artery walls.

Over time, these collisions can cause inflammation and form plaques that make blood vessels narrow or even block them entirely. That’s when things get real for people who are unaware they have high blood pressure or simply don’t want to acknowledge they could be on their way towards cardiovascular trouble (yes Karen from HR, I’m talking about YOU).

So now that we’re up-to-date on why keeping our LDL levels in check is crucial; let us delve deeper into understanding how booze fits into all of this.

How Do Alcoholic Drinks Affect Our Body?

We often hear polyphenols and flavonoids praised as the healthy constituents found in red wine – lauded within medical circles but misunderstood by keen enthusiasts hoping another bottle of Pinot Noir will add years back onto their lives (you know who I’m referring too Jim…)

It’s important not to forget however that there is serious epidemiological evidence suggesting moderate drinking (1-2 alcoholic drinks per day for men and 1 drink a day for women) might offer some protection against heart disease, with lower LDL cholesterol observed alongside higher High-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels.

On the other hand, excessive drinking is associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease downstream as well seen from elevated plasma concentration of LDLs in those that abuse alcohol regularly.

So now we get to answer the question you’ve been itching to know – how exactly does Alcohol affect our precious little LDL molecule?

The Effect Alcohol Has on Our Cholesterol

Alcohol causes blood sugar levels to drop; more specifically it reduces insulin action required for glucose absorption in adipose tissue once your body has released chylomicrons (there’s a $10 word I bet most can’t define) into circulation.

As this happens, ethanol signals primary sites like the liver and small intestine to bring out bad actors known as ‘proinflammatory cytokines’ which negatively impacts gene expression funneling fatty acids away from skeletal muscle tissues towards fat deposits within visceral organs not good.

This catabolic effect on peripheral circulatory lipid molecules also alters the way LDL particles are processed by liver receptors during meal metabolism stages;. Low density-lipoprotein becomes denser due to reductions between proteins essential for chemiosmotic activity between organelle membranes where they take up nutrients or dispose toxic metabolic waste products. Essentially, enzymes such as Cytochrome P450 oxidize reactive compounds causing oxidative stress inside hepatocytes triggering an inflammatory response leading hepatic steatosis over time! (Now try having another shot after reading that!)

Despite all these changes occurring within our bodies – research shows moderate consumption provides somewhat of a protective effect keeping HDL cholesterol at healthy heights whilst reducing pro-inflammatory hiccups originating from white blood cells located throughout various regions around tissues (Who knew being drunk could keep us healthy? Well …in moderation at least!)

The Bottom Line

The truth is that there’s no ‘one size fits all’ answer to whether alcohol affects LDL cholesterol. Drinking too much and indulging in merry behaviour will undoubtedly cause various health risks including but not limited to hypertension, myocardial infarction or coronary artery disease regardless of its effects on our little fatty molecules.

However, if you’re someone who likes the occasional tipple and can handle their liquor moderately (we’re looking at you HR Karen), then cheers! You’re probably helping keep those nasty plaques away by keeping your levels of HDL high and reducing inflammation around you.

At the end of the day, one drink a day for women and two drinks for men may reduce LDL levels on average; but it’s important we don’t make this trend an excuse for habitual drinking – moderation here being essential above all else; besides …it’s always funnier when you remember what happened last night with friends versus waking up alone nursing a hangover matching Mozart 3/4th Symphony quietly playing in the background.

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