What Produces LDL Cholesterol?

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    The Facts

    • LDL cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein, is produced by the liver. The only other source of cholesterol is food that comes from animals (meat and dairy).

    Function

    • Our bodies need cholesterol for cell wall functioning and for the production of hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone.

    Considerations

    • Diet is usually the cause of excessive LDL cholesterol, although there are some people who have the misfortune of being genetically predisposed to excess cholesterol production.

    Prevention/Solution

    • While we need a certain amount of cholesterol, our bodies produce enough to maintain healthy body functions. By moderating animal-based foods in your diet, you can usually maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

    History

    • In 1903, German chemist Adolf Windaus worked on finding the molecular composition of cholesterol. His partially erroneous findings were later corrected by other scientists, including longtime colleague Heinrich Wieland.

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