High Cholesterol Can Cause Tendon Pathology

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A recent literature review by Yang et al. suggests that high blood cholesterol is a risk factor in the development and progression of tendon pathology. They found that cholesterol levels were directly correlated with the severity of tendon problems. There is evidence that elevated cholesterol levels lead to inflammatory, structural and mechanical changes in tendons which predispose patients with high cholesterol levels to an increased risk of developing tendinopathies.