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Dr. Sarab Alfata
19 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Regular exercises at least 30minute a day 4 times a week can improve HDL levels.
Answered on Dec 5, 2018
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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Actually, exercise only increases HDL-cholesterol when it also lowers triglycerides. Those with an isolated low HDL (a low HDL and triglycerides that are normal) will not significantly change their HDL level with diet, exercise or any other lifestyle modification. If triglycerides are over 150 then exercise and healthy eating will lower triglycerides AND reflexively raise the HDL.
Dec 19, 2011
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Depends on trig's: Actually, exercise only increases hdl-cholesterol when it also lowers triglycerides. Those with an isolated low HDL (a low HDL and triglycerides that are normal) will not significantly change their HDL level with diet, exercise or any other lifestyle modification. If triglycerides are over 150 then exercise and healthy eating will lower triglycerides and reflexively raise the hdl.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience Family Medicine
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.
Answered on Sep 24, 2016
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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
48 years experience Cardiology
Modestly: The amount of exercise required to actually and statistically significantly increase hdl-c is considerable and certainly beyond that required for cardiovascular conditioning and modest weight control. Epidemiologic trials of exercise and hdl-c suggest that running 14-20+ miles per week may be required, if separated from the effect on weight loss, Insulin resistance and triglycerides.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Lifestyle measures.: The best way to raise cardioprotective HDL is cardiovascular exercise. Shoot for forty or forty-five minutes daily. Supplementation with no-flush Niacin may help as well, 2000 to 3000mg daily in divided doses. Fish oil supplements may help this as well, as healthy fats can raise the HDL.
Answered on Oct 13, 2015

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