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How can one increase hdl cholesterol levels?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Exercise: While HDL levels are determined by heredity, one can increase HDL by engaging in consistent, vigorous, exercise on a regular basis. Some medications help in raising HDL but do not have positive effects on health through drugs. Alcohol also increases HDL but is not recommended. See this site for more information. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/managingcholesterol/htm/index.htm.
Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine Clinical Lipidology 36 years experience
Many ways: Weight loss, exercise and smoking cessation all can increase HDL levels. While drugs can raise hdl, there is no indication to use meds to raise hdl, and some of the beneficial effects of these meds may be independent of the HDL raising. Diets increased in saturated fat can also raise the HDL cholesterol, but may also raise LDL and in some cases triglycerides. If HDL is low see your doctor.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do I increase my HDL cholesterol levels to protect myself?

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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.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How do I increase HDL cholesterol levels?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
HDL: Increases with exercise and with lowering triglycerides.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How do I increase my good HDL cholesterol?

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Dr. Louis Krenn
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Diet, exercise: You can raise your good cholesterol by increasing the amount of exercise you do, losing weight, and following a healthy diet, low in fat and cholesterol. Eating healthier, unsaturated fats can help as well. There are medications and over the counter supplements such as Niacin that will also help to raise good cholesterol.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I increase my HDL cholesterol?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Life stayle: By following a good life style which include regular exercises 30min a day 4 times a wk, eating high omega-3 diet, high fiber diet , using olive oil or canola oil as main source for fat , avoiding junk meals and follow low fat diet.
A 47-year-old member asked:

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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