High Cholesterol: Frequently Asked Questions (cont.)

7) What Can I Do To Lower My Cholesterol Levels?

You can lower your cholesterol levels by making changes to your lifestyle. Here are some tips.

  • Eat foods with less fat, saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • Take off the skin and fat from meat, poultry and fish.
  • Broil, bake, roast, or poach instead of frying foods.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables everyday.
  • Eat lots of cereals, breads, rice, and pasta made from whole grains, such as whole wheat bread or spaghetti.
  • Get lots of exercise everyday. Talk to your doctor about what are the safest and best ways for you to exercise.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Take your high blood cholesterol medication as prescribed by your doctor.

8) What Medications Are Used to Treat High Cholesterol?

Cholesterol-lowering drugs include:

Cholesterol-lowering medicine is most effective when combined with a low-cholesterol diet.

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