9 Easy Cholesterol Lowering Tips

If your family has high cholesterol or heart disease, you may be at risk. Ask family about elevated cholesterol.

Family history

Cholesterol rises. The Obesity Action Coalition recommends losing 5–10% of body weight to decrease cholesterol. Calories affect weight. 

Stay fit 

Take a 10-minute lunchtime walk or the stairs instead of the elevator.


cheese bacon, chicken skin, and other fatty meats grain- and dairy-based sweets egg yolks whole milk

Nutrition facts

Trans fats raise "bad" cholesterol and lower "good" cholesterol. They're in crackers, cookies, and fries. Since 2013, food trans fat has reduced. 

Avoid transfats

Eat fats.  Butter and coconut oil are solid at normal temperature. 

Replace oils

Unsaturated fat-rich nuts and avocados make nutritious snacks. fruits, vegetables, beans

Vegetables, nuts, and fruits

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood InstituteTrusted Source says smoking raises cholesterol and heart disease. Tobacco causes atherosclerosis. 

Stop smoking

If lifestyle improvements don't lower cholesterol, you may need medication. Statins reduce cholesterol most often.

Use medicine