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Low density lipoproteinLow-density lipoprotein (LDL) is a lipoprotein that carries cholesterol around the body, for use by various cells.
Because LDL transports cholesterol to the arteries, increased levels are associated with atherosclerosis, and thus myocardial infarctions and strokes. This is why cholesterol inside LDL lipoproteins is called bad cholesterol.
LDL is formed as VLDL lipoproteins lose triglyceride, and become smaller and denser containing a higher proportion of cholesterol.
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