A 55-year-old male who is beginning to take a statin drug for his hypercholesterolemia is discussing cholesterol and its role in health and illness with his physician. Which of the following aspects of hyperlipidemia would the physician most likely take into account when teaching the patient?
A. Hyperlipidemia is a consequence of diet and lifestyle rather than genetics.
B. The goal of medical treatment is to eliminate cholesterol from the vascular system.
C. Cholesterol is a metabolic waste product that the liver is responsible for clearing.
D. HDL cholesterol is often characterized as being beneficial to health.