cholesterol: an external threat

cholesterol #1 (asteroid), 2015

REAL SIZE: 0.23 x 0.35 in

Limited Edition: 46 x 69 / 23 x 35 / 12 x 17 in

asteroid

outer space

"good cholesterol"

"bad cholesterol"

health

threat
brain

junk food

overweight

sedentary lifestyle

molecular biology

biotechnology

biochemistry

cholesterol #2 (asteroids), 2015

REAL SIZE: 0.03 x 0.04 in

Limited Edition: 35 x 52 in / 23 x 35 in

cholesterol: an external threat

Undeservedly infamous due to the cardiovascular diseases brought about by high levels of one of its chemical forms, “bad cholesterol”or low-density lipoproteins (LDL).

However, it is unhealthy lifestyles and an inadequate nutrition (junk food) that cause alterations in its biochemical levels. We should therefore not blame these lifeenabling molecule, but our own

irresponsible behavior toward our body and our health.

Despite its negative undertones, this fetching molecule plays a pivotal role in the correct functioning of our organism. It has countless biochemical functions, like being a precursor for vitamin D and for several hormones, and is the main ingredient in cell membranes. Every cell in our tissues is held together and able to interact with its environment thanks to such membranes,

which provide structural support 

for cell contents.

In these snapshots cholesterol

appears imposing and majestic,

threatening even, as if to remind us of

the central role it plays in our lives.

 

Antonio Romero

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"bad cholesterol",

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,

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overweight,

atherosclerosis,

sedentary lifestyle,

cardiovascular disease,

Alzheimer's disease,

heart attack,

gallstones,

endocrinology,

neuroscience,

biochemistry,

food science,

cell biology,

cardiology,

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