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Low Density Lipoprotein (ldl)
1. a blood substance with large amounts of cholesterol.

2. A component of blood that carries cholesterol and is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis; the so-called bad cholesterol.

Cholesterol is an important component of cells, steroid hormones and bile. It is water-insoluble and carried in the bloodstream by lipoproteins. One form of lipoprotein, chylomicrons, vanish from your bloodstream about 2 hours after a meal, if your system is functioning properly.

Tests monitor the amount of LDL (not cholesterol directly) to see if you have too much or too little of it in your blood stream.

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