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Spoiler alert: While diet and lifestyle changes can promote dramatic drops in cholesterol for many folks, sometimes they don’t do the trick, particularly in people with a genetic disposition for high cholesterol levels. If that’s the case, a doctor can prescribe medications (probably less of them if you’re being scrupulous about diet and exercise) to bridge the gap. Also important, if you’re a smoker, quit smoking. Studies on smoking suggest mixed results with smoking raising LDL levels in some studies and having little impact in others. Yet there is no doubt that smoking is a strong risk factor for heart disease.

(Text: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD/Photo: Courtesy of
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