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Page 40 | Abby's Magazine - Because cholesterol is not soluble in water and tends not to mix well with blood, the liver packages it with protein and other compounds (creating a lipoprotein) before it is released into the blood stream. Cholesterol is then transported through the bloodstream in this lipoprotein. ere are several types of lipoproteins created by the liver, including high- density lipoproteins (HDL), low density lipoproteins (LDL), and very low density lipoproteins (VLDL). e type of lipoprotein is determined by how much protein there is in relation to fat. Called the "bad" cholesterol, LDL comprises about 70% of the cholesterol that circulates in the blood stream. It is comprised mostly of fat, which tends to get deposited in the Contrary to what you may have heard, nearly 80-90% of the cholesterol in your blood stream is made by your own body, while the other 10-20% comes mainly from the food you eat. Your liver is the primary organ responsible for the production of cholesterol in your body, although a small amount is made by the lining of the small intestine and the individual cells of the body. Cholesterol is a so, waxy, fatty compound that is a type of steroid. It is an important nutrient that is essential in the formation and maintenance of cell membranes, and in the production of the sex hormones progesterone, testosterone, estradiol, and cortisol. It is also used by the body to produce bile salts used in the digestive process to break down food. arteries creating plaque. is leads to atherosclerosis, which is a hardening and narrowing of the arteries and a large risk factor for heart disease. HDL cholesterol is considered the "good" cholesterol because its primary role is to transport LDL's back to the liver where it is disposed. HDL is mainly comprised of protein and makes up about 20% of the cholesterol in the body. It helps prevent atherosclerosis by preventing LDL from depositing and forming plaque in the arteries. e best way to control high cholesterol is through lifestyle changes centered on diet, maintaining your proper weight, exercise, and stop smoking if you smoke. Where is Cholesterol Produced in the Body?

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