Lifestyle tips to help reduce your cholesterol

Changing some of your lifestyle habits may also help to reduce your cholesterol levels. Suggestions include: Reduce your alcohol intake to no more than one or two drinks per day, and avoid binge drinking. Don’t smoke. Smoking increases the ability of LDL cholesterol to get into your cells and cause damage. Exercise regularly (for example, at least 30 minutes of brisk walking daily). Exercise increases the HDL levels and reduces LDL levels in the body. Lose any excess body fat. Being overweight may contribute to elevated blood LDL levels. Control your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes. High blood sugars are linked to an increased risk of atherosclerosis.