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What is high cholesterol?

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Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made in the liver and other cells. It’s also found in certain foods, such as dairy products, eggs, and meat.

Your body needs some cholesterol to produce hormones, vitamin D, and the bile acids that help you digest fat. But the body only needs a limited amount of cholesterol. When there’s too much, health problems, such as heart disease, may develop.

From: High Cholesterol in Men WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “High Blood Cholesterol.” 

National Cholesterol Education Program: “High Blood Cholesterol: What you Need to Know.” 

Harvard School of Public Health: “Fats & Cholesterol.” 

American Heart Association. 

Ekelund and others February 2007.  Diabetes Care,

Nicholls and others , Feb 7, 2007.  JAMA

David Ludwig, MD, professor of endocrinology, Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 6, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “High Blood Cholesterol.” 

National Cholesterol Education Program: “High Blood Cholesterol: What you Need to Know.” 

Harvard School of Public Health: “Fats & Cholesterol.” 

American Heart Association. 

Ekelund and others February 2007.  Diabetes Care,

Nicholls and others , Feb 7, 2007.  JAMA

David Ludwig, MD, professor of endocrinology, Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 6, 2018

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