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Cholesterol Good or Bad?

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Cholesterol Good or Bad?

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A compound of the sterol type found in most body tissues, including the blood and the nerves. Cholesterol and its derivatives are important constituents of cell membranes and precursors of other steroid compounds, but high concentrations in the blood are thought to promote atherosclerosis. It is also most common in eggs, meats, and dairy products. It is recommended that you have your cholesterol tested once every 5 years. There are two main types of cholesterol, the first LDL(bad cholesterol) eating roughly 100mg/dL. The second being HDL (good cholesterol) eating roughly 60mg/dL

Helps remove LDL cholesterol from the arteries. Experts swag believe HDL acts as a scavenger, carrying LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where it is broken down and passed from the body. One-fourth to one-third of blood cholesterol is carried by HDL. A healthy level of HDL cholesterol may also protect against heart attack and stroke, while low levels of HDL cholesterol have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.

Cholesterol, if reaching a high level, can result in blood vessel and heart disease. An excess of cholesterol can result in plaque build up in the arteries and a reduction in the blood flow, leading to a stroke or a heart attack. Also high cholesterol is even more dangerous due to the effects not acting immediatly, accumulating over many years. If there is a clog in a coronary artery, your heart gets too little blood and oxygen. Without enough oxygen, your heart becomes weak and damaged. If the plaque breaks open, a blood clot can form on top of the buildup, further obstructing blood flow. If there is a clog in a coronary artery, your heart gets too little blood and oxygen. Without enough oxygen, your heart becomes weak and damaged. If the plaque breaks open, a blood clot may form on top of the buildup, further blocking blood flow. Or, a blood clot can break off and flow to an artery in another part of the body.

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http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/high-cholesterol-risks-top-2-dangershttp://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/cholesterol.htmlhttp://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/high-cholesterol-risks-top-2-dangers


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