Cholesterol is a molecule made of fat and protein that is crucial in the human body to build cells and produce hormones. It is naturally produced by the liver, but it also comes from certain foods. While some cholesterol is necessary, too much cholesterol can build up in blood vessels and cause blockages. This can potentially lead to heart attacks and strokes – especially when compounded by other cardiovascular risk factors like obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. Excess cholesterol can come from hereditary problems, too much dietary intake of trans and saturated fat, or both. We acknowledge that reducing cholesterol requires a multi-pronged approach, from meeting with our dieticians to using medications to addressing other risk factors for heart disease.