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Your Body's Cholesterol Gauge

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Presentation: High Cholesterol
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Reviewed By: Authors for this presentation include: Randy Reher, MD; Tim Church, MD, PhD; Brian Shortall, MD; Art Schoenstadt, MD; and Michal Whiton, MD.
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It's very important for you to have good cholesterol levels in your body. This is because your body uses cholesterol to hold cells together, and it also uses it to make important hormones that allow your body to work properly. Let's go over how the body makes sure that your levels are good.
The body has a gauge to measure the total cholesterol in your blood. If you are healthy, the more cholesterol you eat, the less cholesterol your body will make. If you eat less cholesterol, your body will make more. This allows your body to keep the cholesterol at the proper level. Even if you never ate any cholesterol, your body would still make enough.
However, everyone's gauge works a little differently, and this is largely due to your family history. Some people have a gauge that works very well, meaning that it is sensitive to the cholesterol levels in the body. If you have a good gauge, you can eat a diet that is higher in cholesterol and your body can still maintain a proper blood cholesterol level. Others who have a less sensitive gauge, will find it harder to regulate the cholesterol level in their blood. Even if you try to eat a diet that is lower in cholesterol, you may still have difficulty keeping your blood cholesterol at a proper level.

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