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
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Examples of bad cholesterol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First, blood was drawn and sent to a lab in Boston to determine my levels of good and bad cholesterol, inflammation, insulin resistance and nutrition, all of which could put me on the road to cardiovascular disease and stroke, both major players in poor brain health. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 Fiber traveling through the gut traps bad cholesterol and helps you excrete rather than absorb it, Dr. Mohanty says. Erica Sweeney, Men's Health, 27 July 2023 The plan is to use base editing, a successor to CRISPR, to silence a gene called PCSK9, which encodes for a protein involved in the body’s clearance of bad cholesterol. Damian Garde, STAT, 10 Jan. 2024 The 10 patients in this Phase 1 trial had heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disease that causes high levels of bad cholesterol and advanced heart disease. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 13 Nov. 2023 Vegan eaters’ low-density lipoprotein — bad cholesterol — dropped on average by 15.2 milligrams over eight weeks; omnivore dieters’ fell by 2.4. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023 The diet encourages healthy fats, such as olive oil, which is rich in monounsaturated fat and associated with lowering bad cholesterol (LDL). Good Housekeeping, 6 Jan. 2023 That's because their antioxidant properties help decrease LDL cholesterol, which is bad cholesterol that increases a person's risk for stroke or heart disease.67 3. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 18 Nov. 2023 The study authors draw a correlation between high body mass index and bad cholesterol numbers, and brain volume shrinkage—which are not seen in the tribes. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 6 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bad cholesterol was in 1977

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“Bad cholesterol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

bad cholesterol

: ldl
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