How do I lower colestoral?

Diet & Medications. Cholesterol is important because it is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Total cholesterol, LDL ("bad"), and HDL ("good") are measured on blood work. Cholesterol levels are due to both diet and bodily production (genetics/family history). So a low cholesterol diet and exercise can help blood levels but many times statin medications are also needed. Talk to your health professional.