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What is High Cholesterol?

12 June 2007
A naturally occurring fatty chemical called cholesterol is an important part of the outer lining (membrane) of cells in the body. Humans need a small amount of it to maintain healthy nerve cells and to produce certain hormones.
  • Liver produced most of the cholesterol which is carried in the bloodstream to the body's cells by special proteins called lipoproteins.
  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) are the two major lipoproteins.
  • You also get cholesterol in your diet mainly in foods that come from animals. These include meat, poultry, fish and dairy products. Foods of plant origin have no cholesterol.
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