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High cholesterol – causes

Published Date: Wednesday, 16th November 2016 | Updated Date: Tuesday, 28th February 2017
High cholesterol – causes

High cholesterol is a health issue that is carried through our blood, attached to proteins. The combination of proteins and cholesterol is referred to as lipoprotein. Different types of cholesterol are based on the type of cholesterol lipoprotein carries.

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL)

LDL or bad cholesterol transports cholesterol particles all through our body. LDL cholesterol builds up in the walls of our arteries, which makes them hard and narrow.

Very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL)

This type of lipoprotein comprises most number of triglycerides, which are a type of fat that are attached to the proteins in our blood. VLDL cholesterol makes LDL cholesterol larger in size, which causes our blood vessels to narrow.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL)

HDL or good cholesterol gathers excess cholesterol and sends it back to our liver. Factors that are within our control, which include inactivity, obesity, and an unhealthy diet tend to contribute to high LDL cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol. There are certain factors that are beyond our control, which may play a role in increasing cholesterol levels in our body. For instance, our body’s genetic makeup might be such that it keeps cells from removing LDL cholesterol from our blood in an efficient manner or causing our liver to produce too much cholesterol.

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