When it comes to general health nowadays, there is a basic triumvirate of factors that most people are familiar with: weight, glucose or sugar, and cholesterol.
They are all related in one way or the other, of course, but each is also a star in measuring unhealthiness in its own right.
With the advent of commercial medical laboratories providing personalised blood tests direct to the public, anyone with the cash to spare can get their glucose and cholesterol levels tested with a prick of a needle.
Although it doesn't usually come with a medical professional's advice, most people are satisfied just to check if their levels fall within the normal ranges provided.
But what to do if they don't?
Before starting on statins - those cholesterol-lowering wonder drugs that doctors prescribe - why not try a non-pharmaceutical method like modifying your diet first?
Here is a list of the top 10 cholesterol-lowering foods, as recommended by Pantai Cheras Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, dietitian Ang Bee Xian: