LDL cholesterol is produced naturally by the body, but many people inherit genes from their mother, father or even grandparents that cause them to make too much. Eating saturated fat, trans fats and dietary cholesterol also increases how much you have. If high blood cholesterol runs in your family, lifestyle modifications may not be enough to help lower your LDL blood cholesterol (View an animation of cholesterol). Everyone is different, so work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that's best for you.
This content was last reviewed on 12/10/2012.