High Cholesterol

Yessenia Caraballo

75% of the cholesterol in your body is naturally produced by your liver, but too much cholesterol in the blood can lead to heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in the United States. Over 2,100 Americans die of heart disease each day.


Changing your lifestyle is important in reducing your risk for heart attack and stroke, which is an effect of heart and blood flow problems.

  • Eating heart healthy; high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or non-fat dairy foods.
  • Being active as much as you can
  • Knowing which fats raise your cholesterol
  • Medication may be needed in some cases

Controlling your high blood pressure and diabetes can also prevent high cholesterol.


As well as for preventing it, having a heart-healthy lifestyle can also be a way to treat your high cholesterol.

Having a heart-healthy lifestyle can also be the treatment for your high cholesterol. For most people, that may just not be enough, so medicine is prescribed by your doctor.


Most of the same things that you do for prevention and treatment can also be used for management.

  • Lifestyle change
  • Maintain normal blood pressure
  • Exercising
  • Maintaining normal weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Controlling stress
  • Controlling diabetes

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