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Not many people are aware of how LDL helps in the body, discuss with your medical provider about how to maintain a good amount of LDL without compromising brain health. Having high triglycerides is the main cause of bad cholesterol. If your triglycerides are high, accompanied by high LDL levels, this, in turn, becomes bad cholesterol which can block your arteries and may lead to heart disease.

Our body is designed to maintain homeostasis. This means the balance of all the levels of substances in the body. We must keep in mind that any excess or deficiency of substance in the body will cause imbalance resulting to disease.

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