Celebrity Cholesterol-Lowering Secrets

How do celebs control their cholesterol? We’ve rounded up the best healthy-living tips from Hollywood.

Diana Bierman
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Larry King
Television and radio host
Tip: Do an innovative work out.

At 53, Larry King suffered a heart attack. He changed his poor eating and smoking habits and tried something more healthful—and fun! “All movement, whether it’s dancing, swimming or walking, helps health. People don’t think of it, but when you go out dancing, you’re helping yourself. And you have fun.”

Regis Philbin
Former television host: Live! with Regis and Kelly

Tip: Look for psyllium fiber in cereals.

“I had an angioplasty in 1993, and it scared me a lot. So I keep an eye on my cholesterol and on my exercise and on the things that I eat. As I understand it, psyllium fiber in a cereal can reduce your cholesterol level by up to 10% within four weeks. I think that’s pretty darn good, so that’s why I’m trying it.” As long as you’re maintaining a low-fat diet, cholesterol reduction is indeed credited to a diet rich in psyllium fiber, found in many high-fiber cereals, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Kim Coles
Actress and comedian: Frasier, Six Feet Under, The Geena Davis Show

Tip: Exercise, even if you’re not overweight.
“I work out and I’m muscular. I’d like to lose some weight for health. My cholesterol is a little high and that’s not cute! You can be thin and have high cholesterol, too, you know.”

Jilly Cooper
Author: Rutshire Chronicles

Tip: Keep the weight off.

After a stroke, Jilly switched to a low-cholesterol diet to help lower her levels and lose weight. “I can’t eat anything fun and interesting such as prawns or avocado or blue cheese—basically everything I love,” she said. “Although I really miss salt, bacon and cheese, my arms, which previously looked like elephant’s legs, are now much better, so that’s a compensation.”

Sources: Everyday Health, LifeScript, Good Housekeeping, CNN,
Info 4 Your Life, Curvey Confidential, Yorkshire Post

June 2012