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Low HDL cholesterol

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Low HDL cholesterol as a Disease

Low HDL cholesterol: Type of or association with medical condition High Cholesterol.
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Low HDL cholesterol: Related Diseases

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Low HDL cholesterol as a subtype of High Cholesterol

High Cholesterol (medical condition): High levels of blood cholesterol, triglycerides, or other lipids.

High Cholesterol (medical condition): Cholesterol is a naturally occurring waxy, fat-like substance that is present in your blood and in the body's cells. It is both made by the body itself and brought into the body through eating foods such as animal meats, which contains various levels of cholesterol. Cholesterol is a necessary element in the proper functioning of your body. However, when cholesterol levels become too high, they can result in the buildup of plaque on the walls of the arteries and block the flow of blood to vital organs. This can lead to the development of serious conditions, such as atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries), blood clots, hypertension, heart disease, heart attack (myocardial infarction), and stroke. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the United States. More than a million Americans have heart attacks, and about a half million people die from heart disease every year, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood institute.

Cholesterol is comprised primarily of three components, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. When the levels and balance of HDL, LDL, and triglycerides in your body are not normal, they increase the risk for developing serious cardiovascular conditions. When the HDL and LDL triglycerides are present in the right levels and balance in your body, cholesterol functions to protect health, including cardiovascular health. High cholesterol is also known as hyperlipidemia and hypercholesterolemia.

High Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced by the liver to help meet the body’s need for hormones and bile... (Source: excerpt from High Blood Cholesterol: NWHIC)

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