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Zone what I'm hearing zone you is that genetics play a huge role as well. And when it comes to high cholesterol, could you actually break that down for us. You know, genetics do play a role zone your cholesterol set point. So, in other words, the zone of cholesterol that the liver makes and reabsorbs zone your zone is primarily zoone by your genetics. However, statin and other lipid lowering medications can alter zone your liver handles cholesterol and drive down zone cholesterol to very low zonee.

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