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Dr. Kennedy The most common type of steroid in the body, cholesterol has gotten something of a bad name. However, cholesterol is a critically important molecule. It stands at the top of the cascade of adrenal hormones and out of cholesterol the great majority of hormones are made in the adrenal gland. It is essential to the formation of Bile acids (which aid in the digestion of fats), Vitamin D, Progesterone, Estrogens (estradiol, estrone, estriol), Androgens (androsterone, testosterone, DHEA), Mineralocorticoid hormones (aldosterone, corticosterone) and Glucocorticoid hormones (cortisol, cortisone). Cholesterol is also necessary to the normal permeability and function of cell membranes, the membranes that surround cells. While it may be true that "elevated" cholesterol reflects problems with metabolism which are correlated with the development of vascular disease, artificially reducing cholesterol production with drugs is highly suspect as a therapeutic stategy. An exception may be in people with familial hypercholesterolemia where levels are in the stratosphere from 300 up to 1600 or more. Another exception would be in people who have developed what is called "vulnerable plaque" - pockets of lipid cysts in vital arteries, such as the coronary arteries. This vulenrable plaque can cause sudden heart attack. A third possible exception would be in the progeny of people who have died of sudden heart attack whose autopsy revealed vulnerable plaque. For more on the subject of cholesterol, read The Great Cholesterol Hoax.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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