Regarding the troublesome fat your body makes called cholesterol: Chances are good that you may not need drugs to keep it in check.
True, people with a strong genetic predisposition to high cholesterol often need medication to control cholesterol. But a lot of people don't.
For most people, lifestyle changes are the key to maintaining a healthy balance between bad cholesterol, which clogs the arteries, and good cholesterol, which combats the clogging process.
Nearly 100 million American adults have cholesterol levels above 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) according to the American Heart Association. About 34 million Americans have cholesterol levels of 240 mg/dL, which is considered high risk. These numbers indicate that a shift in everyday health habits is in order. Although you can't do much about such risk factors as family history, age or ethnicity, there are others that you can control.Learn more about cutting your cholesterol ›