Cholesterol eBook; Chapter 1, What is Cholesterol

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance also known as Lipid. It is a type of waxy steroid. The word cholesterol is made up of two words-chole and stereos. Chole is a Greek word which means “bile” and the word stereos which means “solid or stiff”.  Cholesterol is found in our brain, nervous system, adrenal glands and skin. It is an essential substance which in adequate amount is healthy and vital for normal body functions. Each and every cell of our body has cholesterol. It is a chemical substance which is produced in our body. In vertebrates, about 80% of cholesterol in the body is produced in the liver. The rest of the production occurs in intestines, adrenal glands and reproductive organs. Liver acts as a “watchman” and produces cholesterol whenever the body needs it...

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Studies in humans and animals show link between GALNT2 gene and levels of HDL cholesterol

Penn Researchers identify first-known humans with genetic mutations of GALNT2 and evaluate effects of these mutations on cholesterol and lipid levels.
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Mid-range ‘good’ cholesterol levels associated with longer life

Low and high HDL cholesterol levels have been associated with an increased risk of premature death, while intermediate levels decrease the risk of death.
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Intermediate HDL cholesterol levels may be best for longevity

A new study indicates that maintaining an intermediate level of high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) may help people live longer.
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Recently approved cholesterol medication not cost-effective; Could substantially increase U.S. health care costs

Although the recently FDA approved cholesterol-lowering drugs, PCSK9 inhibitors, could substantially reduce heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular deaths, they would not be cost-effective for…
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Title: Rhabdomyolysis
Category: Diseases and Conditions
Created: 4/7/2009 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Study sheds light on link between cholesterol and diabetes

The slight increase in risk of developing type 2 diabetes during statin treatment may actually be a consequence of having lowered cholesterol, rather than a direct effect of the drug, according to…
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Promoting regulatory T cell production may help control atherosclerosis

In atherosclerosis, the buildup of cholesterol deposits in arteries poses a major risk for cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke.
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Title: cholestyramine, Questran, Questran Light
Category: Medications
Created: 7/26/1999 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Statins: could they decrease death risk in four most common cancers?

High cholesterol is linked to reduced mortality and improved survival in the four most common cancers, researchers say, as they present their new study.
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‘Bad’ cholesterol linked to poorer cognitive performance

Researchers find a link between the fluctuations of ‘bad’ cholesterol levels and a reduction in the cognitive ability of an elderly population.
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