Just seeing this post...
My cholesterol was checked in early May as part of "control" with overall health review of vitals.
My total cholesterol was 175 (2 points higher than my wife at 173).
On diet I emphasize lots for fruit and veggies... only use olive oil and vinegar on salads and eat lots of walnuts and raisins. I rarely eat eggs... maybe 1x/ every couple of weeks. In morning it is natural yogurt and also drink kefir.
In Argentina, do eat beef more often than I care to... but appears to be OK. My total cholesterol in States was always higher... a lot more local food (very fresh) and hardly any processed food helps.
AS may win some battles, but I will win the war.
KONK - Keep ON Kicking