Managing High Cholesterol

If you are concerned about your cholesterol, talk to your health care team about steps you can take to manage your cholesterol.

If you take medicine to treat high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, or diabetes, follow your health care team’s instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don’t understand something. Never stop taking your medicine without first talking to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

You can take steps to lower your high LDL cholesterol levels by making healthy changes to your lifestyle, such as choosing foods lower in saturated and trans fats and maintaining a healthy weight.

You and your health care team can work together to prevent or treat diabetes and ensure that it doesn’t lead to high LDL cholesterol. Discuss your treatment plan regularly, and bring a list of questions to your appointments.

You may need to have your cholesterol levels checked at least once every 4 to 6 years if you do not have heart disease. Some people need to get their cholesterol checked more often or less often. Talk with your health care team about the timeline that is best for you.

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Work with your health care team to manage your cholesterol levels and any other medical conditions.