(HealthDay News) -- High cholesterol usually refers to
above-normal levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein), the so-called
"bad cholesterol" that can build up in your arteries and lead to
A bad heart may not be the only downside to high cholesterol,
however. The Cleveland Clinic says high LDL also increases your
- Peripheral vascular disease (PAD), which occurs when fatty
deposits build up in arteries outside the heart and brain, most
often in the legs and feet.
- Type 2 diabetes.
- High blood pressure, since the heart has to work harder to pump
blood through clogged arteries.
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