If you have high cholesterol, you can often lower it through simple lifestyle changes.
For example, losing extra weight may help reverse high cholesterol.
Several studies show that a modest weight loss of 5–10% can lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease in overweight individuals (27, 28, 29, 30, 31).
There are also many foods that can help lower cholesterol. These include avocados, legumes, nuts, soy foods, fruits and vegetables (32, 33, 34, 35).
Adding these foods to your diet can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Being physically active is also important. Studies have shown that exercise has positive effects on cholesterol levels and heart health (36, 37, 38).