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What are lipids?

Lipids are fatlike substances that are important parts of the membranes found within and between each cell and in the myelin sheath that coats and protects the nerves. Lipids include oils, fatty acids, waxes, steroids (such as cholesterol and estrogen), and other related compounds.
Lipids are fatty substances found in the body's cells and in the bloodstream. Often referred to as cholesterol and triglycerides, lipids are an important source of fuel for the body. But if lipids reach unhealthy levels, they can raise your risk of heart disease.

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