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Do I need cholesterol?

You do need cholesterol to help the cells work properly. It is rare to have a cholesterol level that is too low.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Cholesterol serves as a backbone for your cellular membrane. It sticks inside the cell wall, functioning as a support structure. Your body also uses the cholesterol molecule to make important hormones, like testosterone, estrogen, cortisol, and progesterone. Your digestive system also uses cholesterol to build bile acids, which help the body absorb fats and other important nutrients. (Your body does need some fat in order to survive.)

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