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Animal products containing solid fats also contain dietary cholesterol. Saturated fats and trans fats tend to raise "bad" (LDL) cholesterol levels in the blood. Explain why LDL is considered a "bad" cholesterol.
Explain the consequences of excess cholesterol in the bloodstream?
Why is HDL considered a "good" cholesterol?
How can you boost your HDL?
Do HDL levels differ between men and women?
Discuss how the absence of LDL receptors leads to atherosclerosis?
What other uses or therapeutic potential could you envision for lipoproteins in the body?

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To fully understand these questions, I really recommend reading this article: http://www.nature.com/nrg/journal/v10/n2/full/nrg2481.html

Q 1 and 2 can be answered together, since LDL carries cholesterol. LDL is "bad" because accumulation of it can lead to atherosclerosis. To fully understand why LDL is bad, one would need to understand the function of lipoprotiens in the blood. Basically, since lipids are insoluble in plasma, lipoproteins help carry lipid around in the circulatory system, bringing them to organs that need them, and taking some back to the ...

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The solution discusses metabolism of lipoproteins and how they contribute to atherosclerosis. It also discusses potential therapeutic use of lipoproteins in drug delivery.

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