6 Better Questions to Ask Your Doctor
What You're Used to Asking: How bad is my cholesterol? Do I need to change my diet?
The Smarter Version: Am I eating enough of the right kind of fat?
Here's why: Good-for-you fats (the mono- and polyunsaturated kind found in nuts, avocados, seeds and fish) help lower levels of bad cholesterol, while saturated fats raise them. Making sure that you're consuming more of the former and less of the latter may have a bigger impact on your total cholesterol levels than cutting back on dietary cholesterol, says Frank Hu, MD, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a member of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which recommended that the U.S Dietary Guidelines do away with the upper limit (300 mg per day) earlier this year.