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How can I improve my cholesterol levels?

Marcus J. Cox, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Improving cholesterol levels can be accomplished by quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet low in fat and cholesterol, exercising at least 30 minutes per day, and managing stress. Simple things such as snacking on nuts, using olive oil on your salad, nibbling on chocolate and having salmon for dinner can have positive effects on your cholesterol number. Having an occasional glass of red wine has also been shown to be beneficial.

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Richard E. Browne, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You can improve your cholesterol levels by following a lower-fat, lower-cholesterol eating pattern, starting a program of regular physical activity, and keeping your weight at or near ideal. Your doctor may choose to prescribe medication to help control your cholesterol.
You want to lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol and raise your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. You can lower LDL cholesterol by avoiding saturated and trans fats and consuming olive oil, canola oil and fish with omega-3 fatty acids. Exercise raises your HDL cholesterol.

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