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‘Ugly Cholesterol’: Scientists Make Alarming Discovery

Just recently, researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark came to a rather alarming discovery: The amount of remnant particle cholesterol in the blood, the so-called ugly cholesterol, is much higher than previously believed. This discovery may have implications for future prevention , as well as the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Ugly Cholesterol

Usually, when it comes to an increase in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, LDL cholesterol that is otherwise known as the bad cholesterol, is almost always the culprit. However, a new study from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital reveals that an entirely different type of cholesterol may actually be the real problem: remnant cholesterol, or simply ugly cholesterol. And we have more of it in our blood than is previously thought.

“Our results show that the amount of remnant cholesterol in the blood of adult Danes is just as high as the amount of the bad LDL cholesterol. We have previously shown that remnant cholesterol is at least as critical as LDL cholesterol in relation to an increased risk of myocardial infarction and stroke, and it is therefore a disturbing development,” Professor and Chief Physician Børge Nordestgaard, from the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital, said.

He, along with the team, used data from the Copenhagen General Population Study to test the Danish population, of which three quarters have moderately elevated levels of cholesterol in their bodies.

According to one of the authors, previous studies have revealed that both obesity and being overweight are one of the main general drivers of this high amount of remnant cholesterol, especially in the blood of adult Danish people. Of course, there are other factors that come into play, which includes hereditary genes, lack of exercise and diabetes. However, none is nowhere near the effect that being obese and overweight has.

Per the scientists, maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you could work on to guarantee the lowest possible amount of ugly cholesterol in your blood. Leading a healthier lifestyle would also work a lot of wonders.

Obese boy Min Hao, a ten-year-old Chinese boy, sits on a bed during a weight-losing summer camp organized by the Aimin Slimming Centre July 10, 2006 in Wuhan of Hubei Province, China. Research revealed that obese boys reach obesity faster. China Photos/Getty Images