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07/19/2013 08:32 am ET

High Cholesterol? Here Are 5 Foods That Can Help

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High cholesterol is one of those health issues that sort of sneaks up on you. Most of the time there are no symptoms of high cholesterol, which means it's important for you to have your cholesterol checked regularly by a doctor. After all, high cholesterol can raise your chances of getting serious heart disease. The good news though is that high cholesterol often can be reduced through regular exercise and a healthy diet.

High cholesterol is caused by the buildup of low density lipoproteins in the walls of your arteries, according to the Mayo Clinic. Foods high in fiber and omega-3s reduce this fatty buildup. To learn more about five foods that can help lower cholesterol, check out our slideshow below. Have anything to add? Let us know in comments.

Top 5 Cholesterol-Fighting Foods

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