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  • Unhealthy cholesterol levels can boost your risk of heart attacks,
    strokes, and other problems.
    According to experts, there are four basic ways to get your
    cholesterol where you want it:

    Eating a healthy diet.
    Exercising
    Losing weight
    Taking medicine — in some cases
    While each of these works, some people have more success with one
    than another. Many need a combination of approaches.

    No matter what your age or the state of your health, you can reduce
    your risks of serious problems by controlling your cholesterol — and
    it’s not as hard as you think.
    1. Lower Cholesterol by Eating Right

    You’ve probably heard it before, but foods that are high in saturated
    fat and — to a lesser extent — high in cholesterol, boost your
    cholesterol levels. These include foods like egg yolks, fatty meats,
    and full-fat dairy products.
    You also cut down on trans fatty acids as well, which are more often
    found in processed and fried foods.

    But eating a heart healthy diet isn’t just about deprivation. In
    fact, some foods — eaten in moderation — can actually improve your
    cholesterol levels. They include:

    Fatty fish, like tuna and salmon
    Nuts, especially walnuts and almonds
    Oatmeal and oat bran
    Foods fortified with stanols, like some margarines and orange juices

    2. Improving Cholesterol With Exercise
    Exercise is another way to improve your cholesterol levels. Increased
    physical activity can have a modest effect on cholesterol, lowering
    bad LDL cholesterol to a lesser extent, while boosting your good HDL cholesterol.
    The type of exercise is up to you. Walking is the simplest and
    easiest. Buy a pedometer to measure your progress and start moving.

    3. Lose Weight: Lower Cholesterol
    Being overweight tends to lead to unhealthy cholesterol levels.
    Losing weight can lower your bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It
    also can raise your good HDL cholesterol.

    Of course, weight loss is usually a product of a good diet and
    exercise. So what if you’ve already improved your diet and started
    exercising but still need to lose weight?

    Then you need to make some further adjustments — gradually. Once
    you’ve reduced your intake of saturated fats, trans fats, and
    cholesterol, you can focus on cutting out some calories. In the same
    way, once you’ve gotten into an exercise routine, you can step up the
    intensity to lose some pounds.

    4. Controlling Cholesterol With Medication
    So what happens if diet, exercise and weight loss aren’t enough to
    bring your cholesterol under control? Your doctor might recommend
    medicine.
    Do not self-treat yourself, and do not rely on a pill:
    cholesterol-lowering drugs have many adverse effect, and you may end
    curing one illness while getting another. Taking medicines is a
    drastic measure, and you can start doing it only after consulting your
    doctor.

  • Yes oatmeal does help reduce cholesterol in fact, oats and foods with oats help reduce cholesterol

  • You can refer to the good book that I am currently reading "The Low GI Handbook" for your better understanding on nutrition. Check on http://www.glycemixindex.com too.

  • eat more vegetables, and more fiber. Read Chris Masterjohn, who explains that cholesterol is a necessary item for health. The drug companies found a poison that reduced cholesterol, so to sell it, they had to sell the idea that high cholesterol was bad. That thesis has very little basis in fact.

  • When it comes to cholesterol I’m not sure about the physiology of how it works, nor am I sure if anyone is, but a few things have been shown to reduce cholesterol.

    Oatmeal, as part of a healthy diet has been shown to decrease cholesterol, as have most foods low in saturated fats.

    Most importantly, you should begin exercising regularly, as this will improve cholesterol levels significantly over time. The majority of your serum cholesterol is actually produced by your liver which depends on outside stimulus to tell it how much to produce, exercising tells it to produce less. Wish I knew more specifically how but exercise and low saturated fat diets are the key.