bad cholesterol

noun

Definition of bad cholesterol

: a lipoprotein of blood plasma that is associated with increased probability of developing atherosclerosis : ldl The two-year study of 507 patients is the most ambitious yet to test whether driving down bad cholesterol turns back the clock on plaque buildup in coronary arteries.— Steve Sternberg A growing body of research suggests that atherosclerosis probably traces to oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the so-called bad cholesterol.— Janet Raloff — compare good cholesterol

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Lamb typically has more saturated fat - which can raise your levels of bad cholesterol, putting you at higher risk of cardiovascular disease - than beef or pork. Jenna Birch, Anchorage Daily News, "From fish to bacon: A ranking of animal protein in order of healthfulness," 10 July 2019 The association also said coconut oil’s saturated fat raises low-density lipoproteins—also known as bad cholesterol—in people consuming it. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Trouble in Paradise: Coconut Oil Prices Are Slipping and Sliding," 7 Jan. 2019 Early research suggested that soy could help lower levels of bad cholesterol. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Is Soy Good or Bad for You? Here's the Science-Backed Answer," 18 July 2018 Early research suggested that soy could help lower levels of bad cholesterol. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Is Soy Good or Bad for You? Here's the Science-Backed Answer," 18 July 2018 In all of these studies, results have consistently shown that eggs don’t increase the biomarkers of heart disease, including the ratio of bad cholesterol to good. WSJ, "Are Eggs Bad for You? Two Scientists Square Off," 13 Sep. 2018 That document, released in 2013, abandoned an easy-to-use recommendation to keep LDL, or bad cholesterol, below 100 or below 70 for people at high risk. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "New Guidelines for Treating High Cholesterol Take a Personal Approach," 10 Nov. 2018 Early research suggested that soy could help lower levels of bad cholesterol. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Is Soy Good or Bad for You? Here's the Science-Backed Answer," 18 July 2018 Busy muscles burn blood sugar for fuel, which helps to keep insulin levels steady, and release chemicals that can reduce bad cholesterol. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Exercise vs. Standing? You Probably Need to Do Both," 13 June 2018

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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bad cholesterol

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Medical Definition of bad cholesterol

: ldl

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