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How can you make your hdl cholesterol levels go up?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Diet & exercise: Moderate exercise (about 30 minutes five times a week) reduces LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol. Smoking can lower HDL levels, so stop smoking if you do. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein. Include monounsaturated fats in your diet- olive oil/canola oil. Moderate consumption of alcohol may also positively impact HDL levels. 1 glass of wine a day.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Carnitine: Carnitine increases HDL need 2gm per day.

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How do you make your HDL cholesterol levels go up without medications?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Exercise and Omega3: Hdl (high-density lipoprotein) can be increased the most by exercise, plus foods rich in omega3 fish oil, such as cold water fish like wild salmon, mackerel, sardines, etc. Certain plants (like flax seed) also contain omega3, but not at the healthy quantity as fish.
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How do I increase HDL cholesterol levels?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
HDL: Increases with exercise and with lowering triglycerides.
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What are good levels of HDL cholesterol?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Varies: For men, we recommend a level > 40 mg/dl, for women, it's > 50 mg/dl.

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