Most people don't need drugs to lower their cholesterol. Diet, exercising, and losing weight can help do it. The TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) program can guide you on the changes you should make, depending on your risk for heart disease. The main goals are to eat less saturated and trans fat and cholesterol, and get more physically active. If those things alone don't lower your levels, your doctor might suggest eating more soluble fiber, like beans and oatmeal, and adding plant stanols or sterols. The best sources for stanols and sterols are nuts and fortified foods. If you can't do that, you'll probably need to take medicine.