Getting exhausted may raise cholesterol levels: Study

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Melbourne, Dec 26 (UNI) Higher levels of stress may increase the cholesterol levels, a recent study showed.

A study conducted by the University College of London on almost 200 healthy middle-aged men and women examined their reactions to stressful tasks and found that those who displayed larger initial stress response showed substantially greater increase in cholesterol or lipid readings than those with low stress reactions, The Bulletin reported today.

Reasons for this link, the researchers said, might be that stress encourages the body to produce more energy in the form of metabolic fuels (fatty acids and glucose), which make the body produce LDL, the main carrier of cholesterol in the blood.

Other reasons might be that stress interferes with lipid clearance or that it induces the production of inflammatory processes that boost lipid levels, the report said.


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