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June 20, 2023

Cholesterol is Still Your Friend

Cholesterol is a crucial compound in the body, used for creating cell membranes, steroid hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids. It plays an essential role in synthesizing the protective myelin sheath around nerve cells and is the most abundant lipid in the brain. Abnormal cholesterol levels may signify various health conditions.

Low cholesterol levels are associated with malnutrition, cognitive dysfunction, and neurodegenerative diseases, while high cholesterol levels may indicate genetic factors, hypothyroidism, and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

The relationship between cholesterol and cardiovascular risk is complex, as both high and low cholesterol levels can potentially lead to health risks, and the total cholesterol value should be contextualized with other cardiovascular biomarkers for a full assessment.

In summary, while cholesterol is essential for health, balance is key, and both extremely high and low levels can be harmful.

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