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Round Rock, TX
A 63-year-old male asked:

how to increase the good cholesterol?

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Dr. Mohsin Reza
Specializes in Family Medicine
Fish oil: Current recommendations include regular exercise, smoking cessation, attainment of target body weight and a healthy diet, omega 3 fatty acids/fish oil . These behaviors have been associated with increases in HDL cholesterol
Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
HDL: This is a bit harder to increase than it can be to lower the LDL. Exercise is very powerful in helping the HDL. Aim for 5-6 days of cardiovascular exercise for at least 30 minutes at a time at moderate to higher intensity.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
Cardiology 22 years experience
Diet & exercise: Diet, exercise, weight loss & smoking cessation.
Dr. Nathan Ritter
Cardiology 24 years experience
Eat right & exercise: Whole grains, like wheat bran, oatmeal; Olive Oil, Peanut Oil, Nuts, Avoiding saturated fats like that in beef, butter, cheese; Eating more fatty fish like salmon; one alcoholic drink per day. Nice discussion on Mayo Clinic website: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/hdl-cholesterol/art-20046388?pg=2 Also, check out my website CardioGauge.com.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
2 recommendations: Jerusalem artichokes and dandelion root tea contain inulin. They help to increase good (HDL) cholesterol & to lower total cholesterol levels. Discuss with your physician.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
See below: Choose the right parents, don't smoke, exercise, substitute olive oil for other fats, use resouvastatin, use fish oil, use niacin. The first 5 have been shown to lower the risk of heart attack and death. The last 2 have not or only weakly so.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Which foods help heighten good cholesterol?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
2 options: Jerusalem artichokes and dandelion root tea contain inulin. They help to increase good (HDL) cholesterol & to lower total cholesterol levels.
A 36-year-old member asked:

I have dropped my overall cholesterol by 58 points but my good cholesterol is still a little low. How do I increase it?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
HDL: To raise HDL aerobic exercise equivalent of 3mile daily walk or run is effective. A single daily glass of red wine can also help. There isn't much else that is effective and these generally wouldn't raise HDL by more than 10mg/dl if that much.
Statesboro, GA
A 20-year-old male asked:

What ways can you increase good cholesterol?

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
Many ways: Quit smoking (if you smoke) lose weight (if you are overweight) exercise diet (avoid saturated and trans fats) medications (see a doctor first!).
Austin, TX
A 37-year-old male asked:

How can I increase my good cholesterol level?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kneece
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Minimal: Mostly heredity related,exercise helps,not much change with diet or fish-minimal but what a heart healthy diet does is lower ldl thus changes the hdl/ldl ratio,moderate alcohol does increase hdl,niacin helps and taking an asprin prior to taking helps with side effects,most statins decrease HDL but crestor and zocor-increase hdl,smoking decreases hdl
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A 41-year-old male asked:

Hi there, What should I do to increase my good cholesterol today I was measured by vitality team and it is at 0.8mml/l?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kneece
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Minimal: Mostly heredity related,exercise helps,not much change with diet or fish-minimal but what a heart healthy diet does is lower ldl thus changes the hdl/ldl ratio,moderate alcohol does increase hdl,niacin helps and taking an asprin prior to taking helps with side effects,most statins decrease HDL but crestor and zocor-increase hdl,smoking decreases hdl

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