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 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, "“Fast-Tracking” a Coronavirus Vaccine Sounds Great. It’s Not That Simple.," 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, "FDA Clears New Type of Cholesterol Drug," 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, "Alzhemier's risk may be 75% higher for people who eat trans fats," 23 Oct. 2019 Then again, short people tend to have more triglycerides and bad cholesterol. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Essay: The Long and the Short of It -- Altitutde and Attitude," 3 Jan. 2020 Amarin funded a five-year study of nearly 8,200 patients at high cardiac risk who were already taking medicines to lower bad cholesterol or control diabetes. NBC News, "FDA approves first fish-oil drug for cutting cardiac risks," 13 Dec. 2019 The latest acquisition, announced on November 24th, of the Medicines Company for $9.7bn, brings with it a promising cardiac drug that targets bad cholesterol, and which can be given in only two annual shots. The Economist, "Affair of the heart The reinvention of Novartis," 28 Nov. 2019 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, "Cinnamon Sugar Apple Chips: Easy, quick recipe only has 2 ingredients," 27 Nov. 2019 The drug fights bad cholesterol with two injections a year, compared with at least one shot a month for older treatments from Amgen Inc. as well as partners Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sanofi. James Paton, Fortune, "Novartis Bets Big on Cholesterol Drug With $9.7 Billion Buyout of Medicines Co.," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bad cholesterol

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Bad cholesterol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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Medical Definition of bad cholesterol

: ldl

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