DEAR DOCTOR K: My cholesterol has always been fine, but recently it's started to rise, though not high enough for medication. What do I need to do?
DEAR READER: There are several ways you can lower your cholesterol besides taking medicine. They involve cholesterol-friendly lifestyle changes: dietary modifications and regular exercise. Start with your diet. First, let's consider fats. The types of fat you eat are as important as the amounts you eat. Most animal and dairy fats are full of unhealthy saturated fats, which raise cholesterol levels.