May 24, 2024, 10:36 PM IST

8 ways to lower cholesterol levels 

Shweta Singh

Here are eight ways to start lowering your cholesterol levels:

Increase intake of soluble fiber from foods like oats and beans, and consume healthy fats from sources like olive oil and avocados.

Dietary Changes

Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise, such as brisk walking or cycling, most days of the week.

Exercise Regularly

Shedding even a small amount of weight can help lower cholesterol, focusing on sustainable habits through healthy eating and regular activity.

Weight loss

Stopping smoking improves HDL (good) cholesterol and overall heart health, with benefits starting within weeks of quitting.

Quit Smoking

Limit alcohol to one drink per day for women and two for men to avoid increasing cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Consider supplements like plant sterols, stanols, and psyllium fiber, but consult with your healthcare provider first.


Engage in stress-reducing activities like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing to positively impact your cholesterol levels and heart health.

Manage Stress