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What other lifestyle interventions help lower cholesterol?

Weight loss and exercise are shown to decrease total cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL, the good cholesterol. Smoking cessation decreases LDL levels plus smoking is a primary risk factor for heart disease and stroke. One drink of alcohol a day may help increase HDL levels, but too much alcohol can damage the liver and increase the risk of elevated LDL.

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Comment from: newveganontheblock, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

A year ago my cholesterol was 215, and as someone who has never been overweight and always eaten what I thought was normally, I was concerned. I went vegan 8 months ago (no meat, dairy, or eggs), and I just got my blood work back: HDL is 63, LDL is 84, both in the optimal ranges. It"s not nearly as difficult to stick to that diet as I first thought it would be.

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Comment from: fish234, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 14

I think I will go the route of vegan and see what happens. I I do not want to go on any medication for high cholesterol as there are several side effects.

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Comment from: fish234, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 14

I will start eating healthier, cut down on my fat intake and check with my doctor in 3 months. I'm not on any medication for high cholesterol at the present time.

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