To review, cholesterol is an organic molecule manufactured by the liver to create hormones, synthesize Vitamin D, produce bile acids, and maintain the flexibility and structure of healthy cell membranes. As cholesterol cannot dissolve into the bloodstream, it travels throughout the body lipoproteins within the bloodstream:
- High Density Lipoproteins (HDL), also known as "good cholesterol," carry cholesterol to the liver to excretion or recycling.
- Low Density Lipoprotiens (LDL), also known as "bad cholesterol," carry cholesterol from the liver to other areas of the body.
triglycerides (another insoluble fat that stores unused calories for future energy consumption).
In addition to the cholesterol that produced by the body, cholesterol can also be consumed from a variety of foods in the form of form of saturated fats, vegetable oils, and polyunsaturated fats, which are listed on food labels as per the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.
Genetic factors may have a greater impact on cholesterol production and movement. This has led to a greater discussion of the role in medications, particularly statins, in managing cholesterol levels.
Doctors and nutritionists have expressed concerns regarding the challenges of normal cholesterol levels versus healthy cholesterol levels including the size of the cholesterol particles within the bloodstream, cholesterol and cardiac mortality, and other underlying health concerns (diabetes, inflammation, hypertension, etc.) that may or many not have been previously diagnosed because of the focus on cholesterol levels.
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