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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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 Both diets are high in Omega-3s which lower blood pressure, increase good cholesterol, reduce bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of diabetes. NBC News, "What is the Nordic diet — and why do doctors, dietitians and even psychiatrists like it so much?," 22 June 2018 Early research suggested that soy could help lower levels of bad cholesterol. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Is Soy Good Or Bad For You? We Have The Science-Backed Answer.," 17 May 2017 High Hopes Sanofi and Regeneron, along with Amgen Inc., brought their new drugs to market with the hope that their powerful effect on bad cholesterol would reduce the world’s leading cause of death, and warrant the higher price. Bloomberg.com, "Drugmakers Try a Rare Tactic to Boost Sales: Cutting the Price," 12 Mar. 2018 In a study on more than 2,200 patients already taking statins, Esperion’s drug cut bad cholesterol 20 percent better than placebo over 12 weeks, the company said. Damian Garde, STAT, "A tiny biotech’s plot to frustrate Regeneron and Sanofi runs into a safety problem," 2 May 2018 Praluent slashed bad cholesterol by more than half after four years. Michelle Cortez, Bloomberg.com, "Regeneron, Sanofi Cut Heart Drug's Price as Trial Disappoints," 10 Mar. 2018 One study showed that those who did a modified fast five days in a row every month for three months had lower BMI and blood pressure, higher insulin sensitivity and lower bad cholesterol. Dr. Oz, Good Housekeeping, "Dr. Oz Tackles Your Biggest Health Questions," 17 Jan. 2018 Trans fat raises bad cholesterol levels, which increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Trans Fats May Soon Be a Thing of the Past," 7 Nov. 2013

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bad cholesterol

noun
\ˈbad- \

Medical Definition of bad cholesterol 

: ldl

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