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What can I do to improve my cholesterol level?

If you have high cholesterol, it may be necessary for you to make some lifestyle changes. If you smoke, quit. Exercise regularly. If you're overweight, losing just five to 10 pounds can help improve your cholesterol levels and your risk for heart disease. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish. All of these foods promote heart health. Reduce red meat, processed meats, and fried foods.

What about medicine to lower cholesterol?

Depending on your risk factors, your doctor may suggest medicine along with lifestyle changes.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/16
Created: 01/96

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