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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UCLA Health
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.
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.

Continue Learning about Cholesterol



We need cholesterol, a fatty, waxy substance because our cells use it to form the membrane -- a critical part of the cell. But because it is fatty, it does not dissolve in the blood, but is carried to your cells by certain protein...

s. We get concerned about cholesterol when there is too much of it, particularly when there is too much "Low-Density Lipoprotein" or LDL cholesterol. This type of cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for coronary heart disease. On the other hand, there is High-Density or HDL cholesterol, which is "good" cholesterol, and good levels of HDL are associated with less risk of stroke and heart attack.

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