Blood Cholesterol



Cholesterol in the body is a waxy, fat-like substance found in cell walls that come from two sources: the body and the food we eat. The body, especially the liver, makes all the cholesterol it needs, and this is used to make essential substances like hormones and bile acids. Bile acids facilitate digestion and absorption of lipids in the small intestine. Cholesterol circulates in the blood throughout the body and is transmitted through the blood plasma. The body uses it to form cell membranes and hormones; it is the fundamental part of the structural component of human cell membranes.

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