Most people with high cholesterol take prescriptions to lower their risk for atherosclerosis and strokes. However, these types of medications will often act negatively with other prescribed drugs, according to The Post-Standard.
Research shows changes in a person's diet can reduce cholesterol, almost as well as drugs, but without the undesirable side effects.
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends the TLC diet, or the Total Lifestyle Change diet. Depending on how a person already eats, the TLC diet is said to reduce cholesterol by 20 to 30 percent. The TLC diet recommends the following dietary changes:
The Post-Standard recommends trying the TLC diet before starting cholesterol medication. But, as always, talk to your doctor before quitting any medication.