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Lipids Leaflet - Separating Fat From Fiction

Jan 15, 2021 | Chemical Pathology

Contrary to the widespread belief that lipids are bad for your health, lipids perform essential functions in the body. Lipids, or fats, are found in the bloodstream in two main forms. The first is triglycerides, which is a major storage form of energy. Elevated triglyceride levels can however increase the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other life-threatening diseases, e.g. pancreatitis. The second important class of lipids is cholesterol. These molecules have a variety of crucial functions in the body including being predecessors of hormones (incl. cortisol, oestrogen and testosterone), maintaining the integrity of cell membranes, and aiding in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.

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