Colesterol

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Colesterol

El colesterol es una sustancia blanda y cerosa que está presente en todas las partes del cuerpo, tales como el sistema nervioso, la piel, los músculos, el hígado, los intestinos y el corazón. Es producido por el cuerpo y también se obtiene de los productos animales de la dieta. El colesterol se elabora en el hígado y es necesario para las funciones normales del cuerpo como la producción de hormonas, ácido biliar, y vitamina D. El exceso de colesterol en la sangre contribuye a la aterosclerosis y, como consecuencia, a la enfermedad cardíaca. El riesgo de padecer de enfermedad cardíaca o aterosclerosis aumenta proporcionalmente al aumento del nivel de colesterol en la sangre.

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  • Last Reviewed on 01/20/2008
  • Glenn Gandelman, MD, MPH, FACC, Asst. Clinical Prof. of Med, NY Medical College, Valhalla, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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