10 Surprising Facts About Cholesterol

Like most people, you probably think of cholesterol—if you think of it at all—and picture fatty foods and heart trouble. But if you think you’ve heard everything you need to know about this waxy fat, there may be a few surprises in store.
clogged-arteries

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Clogged arteries look like butter

Even if you can’t see xanthomas on the skin, high cholesterol can still build up in the body.

LDL slowly builds up in artery walls, causing a thick plaque that can narrow arteries, restrict blood flow, and lead to blood clots.

Arteries thicken, become more rigid, and start to take on the yellow color of cholesterol. If you were able to take a look at the inside of cholesterol-clogged arteries, they would look as if they were lined with a thick layer of frozen butter!

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