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How should you make changes to manage borderline cholesterol levels?

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You can turn it around before you get high cholesterol. Start with these six steps.

Use your diet to help lower your LDL cholesterol and raise your HDL cholesterol.

For the biggest impact, choose foods that are low in saturated fats and trans fats and high in fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. Whole grains, beans, apples, pears, oatmeal, salmon, walnuts, and olive oil are excellent heart-healthy choices.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Lowering Your Cholesterol with TLC."

CDC: “Cholesterol Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “Top 5 Lifestyle Choices to Reduce Cholesterol,” “Cholesterol: Top 5 Foods to Lower Your Numbers.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Monitoring of High Cholesterol.”

Chai, S. , April 2011. The FASEB Journal

Alvarez-Suarez, J. , March 2014. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

FDA: "Talking About Trans Fat: What You Need to Know."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Lowering Your Cholesterol with TLC."

CDC: “Cholesterol Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “Top 5 Lifestyle Choices to Reduce Cholesterol,” “Cholesterol: Top 5 Foods to Lower Your Numbers.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Monitoring of High Cholesterol.”

Chai, S. , April 2011. The FASEB Journal

Alvarez-Suarez, J. , March 2014. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

FDA: "Talking About Trans Fat: What You Need to Know."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 16, 2018

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