Carole Iseli thought she was a fairly responsible and healthy eater. After all, the 60-year-old Cleveland resident wasnt overweight and ate small portions. But her cholesterol levels, measured during regular check-ups, told a different story. In February 2007, her total cholesterol was 247 and had been climbing steadily. When her nurse practitioner suggested she go on a low-dose statin to help bring down her cholesterol, Iseli instead chose to reach her targets through diet and exercise. This spring, her total cholesterol was 190, with a low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad" cholesterol) of 112. "Carole is a great example of someone who saw a significant decrease in her cholesterol panel by following a heart-healthy style of eating," says Cleveland Clinic registered dietitian Andrea Dunn, who counseled Iseli.