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Cholesterol Management

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People with high blood levels of cholesterol have an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. Key approaches to lower blood cholesterol levels include eating a healthful diet, managing your weight, not smoking, engaging in physical activity, and, when necessary, taking prescription drugs like statins. Although statins are generally well tolerated, some people have uncomfortable side effects (such as muscle pain). Some may try dietary supplements to help with cholesterol control.

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