Change your diet: avoid animal fats as much as possible (eat lean meats such as white-meat chicken, and cut out butter; use skim or low-fat milk & nonfat or low-fat cheeses, yogurt, etc). Eat whole grains--100% whole wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal, & so on. Eat more fresh fruits & veggies & cut way back on sweets. Surprisingly, sugar intake can contribute to high cholesterol. Exercise is a component to lowering cholesterol, too. If you take these steps and your cholesterol levels are still unacceptable, it's time to talk with your doctor about medical treatment. Now, the dietary changes I've suggested may seem like a grim choice, but if you give yourself time to learn to prepare these things, you'll find them more satisfying and truly tasty than the white-bread, typical meat-and-potatoes "Standard American Diet"--which is SAD indeed, and a major contributor to the serious health problems which are rampant in America today. my hub & I have been eating this way since his heart attack 3 years ago, and now, white bread & white rice & white pasta all taste insipid & lackluster. BTW, his cardiologist says my hub is in excellent good health now. And, he no longer needs his statin!
Animal fat has cholesterol. Your own body produces cholesterol as well. Reduce your intake of meat, milk and egg products. Keep animal fats to a minimum. Eat more higher fiber foods like oatmeal, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Exercise regularly. If you still can't get your lipid levels within safe limits see if your doctor wants you to take medication to help.
Diet and exercise. Some of the foods to avoid are processed meats (bologna, salami, etc)... Virtually all snack cakes like twinkies, ho-hos, etc....anything high in saturated fat or cholesterol. Just as important is proper and steady exercise....... There is a genetic component to cholesterol also...It's possible that even doing these things won't lower it enough, but it's important to try to lower it naturally first......If it turns out that it's genetically high, there are medications that your doctor can prescribe to help lower it..... Use that as the last resort though..