The same heart-healthy lifestyle changes that can lower your cholesterol can help prevent you from having high cholesterol in the first place. To help prevent high cholesterol, you can:

  • Lose extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a low-fat, low-salt diet that includes many fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Exercise on most days of the week for at least 30 minutes
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all
Sept. 04, 2015