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Is all cholesterol bad?

Not all cholesterol is bad. Cholesterol is involved in the reparative process of the arteries which can be a good thing.  There are other things cholesterol can do like promote good skin structure.

Cholesterol can be confusing because, on one hand, it is essential to the function of cells. It is a fat and is a primary ingredient in cell membranes. On the other hand, it helps plaque form in the heart's arteries.

There are two kinds of cholesterol in our bodies.

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol helps plaque form in the heart's arteries, while high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol makes it harder for that plaque to form.

Trans fats and saturated fats are the kinds of fat that get deposited in the arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease.

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