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How is high cholesterol treated?

Depending on your medical history and blood-lipid profile, your treatment plan for high cholesterol may include:

  • Losing weight if you're overweight
  • Quitting smoking if you smoke
  • Eating a healthier diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Taking cholesterol-controlling medication
Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Diet is the first line of defense to reduce high blood cholesterol levels.

Decreasing the saturated  in your diet as well has increasing the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and leaner meats, skinless poultry, and fish can all help reduce high blood cholesterol levels. Food sources of saturated fat include full fat dairy products such as whole milk, cheese and ice cream as well as the fat on fatty cuts of meat.

Fruits, veggies, and whole grains are naturally low in heart unhealthy saturated fat. Use low fat dairy products to avoid too much saturated fat in your diet.

Dr. Jennifer N. Caudle, DO
Family Practitioner

High cholesterol can be treated with medications that work through the liver or the stomach, but a low-cholesterol diet and exercise are also important. Watch as family medicine physician Jennifer Caudle, DO, discusses these treatment options.

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