There's good and bad cholesterol. LDL is the bad, and is mostly from red meat intake and the storing of simple carbs quickly into sugar and then fat. Triglycerides, the worst part, is largely from hydrogenated vegetable oils. HDL is the good stuff, increasing that is better for you than reducing the LDL. You can do that with flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, fish oil, eating cold water wild caught fish, flax seeds, and such. There are also many herbal remedies that might help in combination with dietary changes and an increase in exercise. Red yeast rice, for example, is a natural statin. Try searching the complementary medicine forum archives and see if there aren't some discussions of this.
For most people medicine isn't required to reduce cholesterol. In fact, it can produce unwanted other problems, including impeding the absorption of nutrients that the heart requires to function properly. If you do it without meds, all the better. If you can't, well, you can't. But remember, cholesterol in and of itself doesn't cause heart problems, oxidized cholesterol does. If you can prevent its oxidation it doesn't stick to the blood vessel walls, clogging them, it just moves on through.
You can control high cholesterol by the following:
• A healthy and balanced diet should be consumed. A diet enriched with vegetables, fruit and whole grains is very important and better than eating a diet high in saturated or trans fats. The saturated fats should be replaced by healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like the sunflower, olive, and rapeseed oil. Food with high soluble fibre such as oats, beans, pulses, lentils, nuts, fruits should be included in the diet.
• Regular exercises to increase the HDL cholesterol and thus lead to a healthy heart
• Medication like Atorvastatin and Lipostat can be taken but only as per the GP’s recommendations.