The majority of cholesterol is made in the body, but some is found in the foods we eat. Regardless of where it comes from, however, having too much—specifically, too much of the bad kind of cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (LDL-C)—can increase your cardiovascular risk.
Your body plays a major role in producing and managing levels of LDL cholesterol.
While genetics play a stronger role in affecting your LDL cholesterol levels, lifestyle factors like diet and exercise can also have an influence.
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