A certain amount of cholesterol is essential to health, but too much can contribute to disease, heart attacks, and strokes (Jacoby, 310).
Cholesterol is a soft, waxy, substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream (About Cholesterol). It is used to help digest fats (Cholesterol).
There are two types of cholesterol. The first one is Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) and High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) (Cholesterol). LDL cholesterol, also known as the ?bad? cholesterol, builds up and clots bloodstream in the walls of your arteries (Cholesterol). HDL cholesterol, or the ?good? cholesterol, removes LDL cholesterol to the liver where it is metabolized (Cholesterol).
There are many different causes of high cholesterol. One of the causes is some diseases and medications (High Cholesterol?). Another cause is a combination of diet and genetic foods (High Cholesterol?). Inactive lifestyle, gaining a lot of weight, and a high fat diet are some other causes to look out for (High Cholesterol?). Also, some livers cannot handle even a moderate amount of saturated fat and cholesterol intake well (High Cholesterol?). High intakes of saturated fat and cholesterol are linked to high blood cholesterol, which in turn is linked to increase risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) (Help
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