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What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy steroid of fat that is produced in the liver or intestines.

It is used to produce hormones and cell membranes and is transported in the blood plasma of all mammals.[2] It is an essential structural component of mammalian cell membranes and is required to establish proper membrane permeability and fluidity. In addition, cholesterol is an important component for the manufacture of bile acids, steroid hormones, and vitamin D. 3
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-modulates membrane fluidity over the range of physiological temperatures.7
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- functions in intracellular transport,8
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- cholesterol is the precursor molecule in several biochemical pathways: 1 -cholesterol is converted to bile, 2- Cholesterol is an important precursor molecule for the synthesis of vitamin D and the steroid hormones, 9
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According to the lipid hypothesis, abnormal cholesterol levels (hypercholesterolemia)—that is, higher concentrations of LDL and lower concentrations of functional HDL—are strongly associated with cardiovascular disease because these promote atheroma development in arteries (atherosclerosis). This disease process leads to myocardial infarction (heart attack), stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.34
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Whitlock G. Collins R (December 2007).Lancet 370 (9602): 1829–39. cancer.000 vascular deaths". Sherliker P. andcerebral hemorrhage. Emberson J. the low cholesterol levels seem to be a consequence of an underlying illness.2 Borderline high risk > 240 > 6. [36] Lewington S. Clarke R. Halsey J. Research into the causes of this state is relatively limited. Qizilbash N. . "Blood cholesterol and vascular mortality by age.1016/S0140-6736(07)61778-4.< 200 < 5.2–6. rather than a cause. Peto R. sex.PMID 18061058.2 Desirable level corresponding to lower risk for heart disease 200–240 5. and blood pressure: a meta-analysis of individual data from 61 prospective studies with 55. In general. but some studies suggest a link with depression.doi:10.2 High risk Hypocholesterolemia Abnormally low levels of cholesterol are termed hypocholesterolemia.

VLDL. In other words. LDL and HDL.[31] . have low measured HDL-C levels yet very low rates of cardiovascular events even with high blood cholesterol values Ways to increase HDL levels[vague] [edit]Diet and lifestyle Certain changes in lifestyle may have a positive impact on raising HDL levels: [17]          Aerobic exercise[18] Weight loss[19] Nicotinic Acid supplementation[19] Smoking cessation[19] Removal of trans fatty acids from the diet[20] Mild to moderate alcohol intake[21][22][23][24][25][26] Addition of soluble fiber to diet[27] Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids such as fish oil[28] or flax oil[citation needed] Increased intake of cis-unsaturated fats[29] and cholesterol. are chylomicrons. which is the main reason why the cholesterol carried within HDL particles (HDL-C) is sometimes called "good cholesterol" (despite the fact that it is exactly the same as the cholesterol in LDL particles). about thirty percent of blood cholesterol is carried by HDL. low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet may have similar response to taking niacin as described below (lowered LDL and increased HDL) through beta-hydroxybutyrate coupling the Niacin receptor 1.High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is one of the five major groups of lipoproteins which. [30] A highfat. IDL. adequate-protein. Those with higher levels of HDL-C seem to have fewer problems with cardiovascular diseases. specifically increasing one's HDL might not increase cardiovascular health. i. apparently more efficient. It is often contrasted with low density or LDL cholesterol or LDL-C.e. HDL ApoA1 protein variant called ApoA-1 Milano.[citation needed] Most saturated fats increase HDL cholesterol to varying degrees but also raise total and LDL cholesterol. in order of sizes. HDL particles are able to remove cholesterol from within artery atheroma and transport it back to the liver for excretion or re-utilization. which enable lipids likecholesterol and triglycerides to be transported within the water-based bloodstream. no incremental increase in HDL has been proven to improve health. In healthy individuals.[3] Additionally. while those with low HDL-C cholesterol levels (less than 40 mg/dL or about 1 mmol/L) have increased rates for heart disease. largest to smallest. the amount of cholesterol contained in HDL particles. those few individuals producing an abnormal. while high HDL levels might correlate with better cardiovascular health.[1] Blood tests typically report HDL-C level.[2] While higher HDL levels are correlated with cardiovascular health.

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