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What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a form of fat that is necessary for the body. However, if levels of a certain cholesterol (called LDL cholesterol) are too high in your blood, this can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. There are some foods high in cholesterol (such as eggs and seafood), but the biggest factor in increasing blood levels of cholesterol is actually consuming saturated or trans fats.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 02 Oct 2014
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