bad cholesterol


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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Recent Examples on the Web The high antioxidant combinations also raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol, lowering your overall risk for heart disease. Laura Wheatman Hill,, 17 Apr. 2021 Kopecky says that, although coconut water is fine, ingesting coconut oil raises your bad cholesterol more so than butter, lard and beef suet. Zachary Visconti,, 14 Apr. 2021 In addition to the heart and brain wins of the Mediterranean diet, Hyman adds that this eating style may lower bad cholesterol, aid in blood sugar management, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Oct. 2020 Apples provide pectin, a heart-healthy soluble fiber that can help lower levels of LDL or bad cholesterol in the blood. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 16 Oct. 2020 Apples supply pectin, a heart-healthy soluble fiber that can help lower levels of LDL or bad cholesterol in the blood. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 11 Sep. 2020 For example, an experimental drug that lowered bad cholesterol in hundreds of patients in mid-stage phase 2 trials didn’t end up proving its ability to prevent heart attacks or strokes in thousands of participants in the big phase 3 study. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, 17 June 2020 The drug works differently than others to lower bad cholesterol, LDL, and ultimately forces it out of a patient’s bloodstream. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, 21 Feb. 2020 After extensive research revealed the connection between trans fats and the increase of bad cholesterol (LDL), combined with a reduction of good cholesterol (HDL), the US Food and Drug Administration banned trans fats in 2015. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bad cholesterol

1977, in the meaning defined above

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30 Apr 2021

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“Bad cholesterol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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Medical Definition of bad cholesterol

: ldl


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