Features April 2018 Issue

Cholesterol, a Fat We Love to Hate

HDL is known as “good” cholesterol, because it moves fats to the liver, where they are prepared for elimination. LDL takes fats from the digestive system and the liver and transports them to arteries throughout the body. That’s why LDL is known as “bad” cholesterol.

Cholesterol, a Fat We Love to Hate

High cholesterol levels increase heart-attack risk. Here’s how doctors determine risk and decide who needs cholesterol-lowering treatment.

When LDL and HDL exist in normal proportion, they are not a health risk. But when levels of LDL or total cholesterol rise, or the amount of HDL falls, the body tends to deposit cholesterol in the arteries. Over time, this causes arteries to become narrow, which can interfere with blood flow and lead to heart attack or stroke.

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