7. Get your cholesterol in check—with help
Worried your cholesterol might be too high? Ask a registered dietitian how you can lower it. University of Michigan researchers determined that some 45 percent of people with high cholesterol had at least a 15 percent reduction in their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, or met their cholesterol goals, after three or more appointments with a dietitian over an eight-month period.
The study’s lead author, Kathy Rhodes, a cardiovascular nutritionist, suggests eating 10 to 25 grams of soluble fiber daily—from oatmeal, dried beans, fruits and vegetables.