Last year, my cholesterol level was borderline at 197. But my 'bad' cholesterol was pretty high at 113.
I did several things with varying degrees of continuity:
1) Exercise. I have a bad habit of being really good for months at a stretch, then not doing anything for months at a stretch.
2) Getting my vitamins and supplements, including cinnamon capsules. (Instead of cinnamon toast, which has the butter, which has the cholesterol.)
3) No high fructose corn syrup. I know this has little to do with cholesterol levels, but it was the one thing I was successful at maintaining - with full knowledge that the one Pepsi I would drink on my 12 hour night shifts was chock full of HFCS. I figured the mileage I walk on those nights would burn off the equivalent calories.
4) Activ Promise shots. I started those late in the game - only two months before my annual check-up. I drank one daily until I had my labs drawn, then went to every other day because they are expensive.
And it must have worked: My overall cholesterol was down to 188 and my LDL - the bad stuff - was down to 99. My HDL's were about the same at 59.
Not a huge improvement, but I have a family history - my mom's cholesterol was running in the 300's at one time, but she got it down with diet and exercise.
We'll carry on and see if the trend continues.
Thor sez: Don't forget the four pounds you lost, according to your doctor's scale.