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How do you get High Cholesterol?

28 June 2007
LDL is the major carrier of cholesterol in the blood. LDL is sometimes called "bad" cholesterol. HDL also carries cholesterol and is sometimes referred to as "good" cholesterol.
  • LDL deposits cholesterol in the artery walls, causing the formation of a cholesterol plaque which is hard and thick.
  • Over time, the cholesterol plaque causes thickening of the artery walls and narrowing of the arteries. This is a disease process called atherosclerosis.
  • HDL tends to do the opposite: it also carries cholesterol in the blood stream, but acts to remove excess cholesterol.
The main causes of high cholesterol are eating foods that have a lot of saturated fat or cholesterol in them or from an inherited tendency to handle cholesterol abnormally. Finally high cholesterol can occur in some people with other diseases like disorders of the liver, kidney, diabetes and an under-active thyroid.

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