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Too much cholesterol is bad because it can cause damage to the inner linings of arteries when too much builds up. This is especially dangerous if there are other negative forces at work such as smoking and diabetes. These factors (smoking and diabetes) can cause a domino effect, exacerbating trauma to the arterial wall. Once that happens, it can lead to further accumulation of cholesterol and plaque buildup and narrowing of the arteries, which may lead to a heart attack.

Cholesterol is made in the liver. Actually, the liver produces all of the cholesterol we need to survive. How much cholesterol your body makes depends on your age, family history and genetics. Because exercise increases your levels of HDL (or "good" cholesterol), an active lifestyle can help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels, too. The additional cholesterol we get is from our diet when we eat animal foods like meats, whole milk dairy foods, egg yolks, poultry and fish. Plants don't produce cholesterol.

Too much cholesterol is bad because it can cause damage to the inner linings of arteries when too much builds up. This is especially dangerous if there are other negative forces at work such as smoking and diabetes. These factors (smoking and diabetes) can cause a domino effect, exacerbating trauma to the arterial wall. Once that happens, it can lead to further accumulation of cholesterol and plaque buildup and narrowing of the arteries, which may lead to a heart attack.

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