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can exercise really help to lower blood cholesterol levels?

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Dr. Alvin Lin answered
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Yes & no: Nutrition is main variable when it comes to cholesterol. That, genes & statin medications. Weight loss can help lower total cholesterol in general. Shedding belly fat will help lower triglycerides. Exercise doesn't so much lower lousy cholesterol (LDL) as much as it can increase healthy cholesterol (HDL). Bottom line, you want less LDL & higher HDL. Check out Mayo Clinic at http://goo.gl/4aVmhW

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