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Why is ldl cholesterol called "bad cholesterol"?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Although you need to have some ldl cholesterol in your body, too much can increase your risk of developing heart disease. If you have high levels of ldl cholesterol, it can build up on the walls of your blood vessels and contribute to the formation of plaque. "

Dr Louisa Draper

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Cholesterol is a waxy lipid (fat) molecule mainly produced by the liver. It is needed for the production of hormones and digestive juices. Cholesterol is not water-soluble, and so cannot be transported in the blood on its own. Instead, it attaches to lipoproteins (molecules made from lipid and protein) that help to move cholesterol around the body in the bloodstream to where it is needed. There are two types of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol to and from cells. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. There are also high-density lipoproteins (HDL cholesterol). Both are essential for your body to remain healthy. Ldl cholesterol makes up the majority of your body’s cholesterol.