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Does Alcohol Affect Hdl
HDL, or high density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that is responsible for the transport of lipids (fats) from various organs including blood vessels back to the liver for processing and possible elimination. Because it helps prevent accumulation of lipids in blood vessels, HDL cholesterol is ...Read more
Can cholesterol lowering medications be used to elevate HDL levels. The research doesn't seem to support that choice? Total and LDL are w/in range
HDL: Hdl is not often helped with cholesterol drugs. There is some disagreement about this with crestor (rosuvastatin). But, HDL is very much affected by lifestyle. Moderate cardiovascular exercise of at least twenty minutes per day combined with a high protein and low carb diet can significantly elevate the hdl. ...Read more
My cholesterol numbers are great except HDL(34). I eat very healthy foods and exercise over 30 min. 5x /week, and don't smoke. What else can I do?
Your genes: Hi. Low HDL often correlates with high triglycerides (= hi VLDL). Are your triglycerides hi? It would seem unlikely based on your lifestyle. If they're not hi, you just have a genetic low HDL, and there's nothing you can do for that outside of what you're already doing. :-( Healthy lifestyle helps everything. Keep it up. To your health! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many do, don't try : Many medications , including those to treat cholesterol raise hdl, fibrates, Niacin and even statins. Other medications like estrogen also raise hdl, but there is no study yet showing that raising HDL with medications independently of other effects is beneficial . There are some new drugs on the horizon that raise hdl, but no proof yet that they reduce risk of heart disease.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
High is good: Hdl - high density lipoprotein cholesterol - healthy cholesterol. One would want the level to be at least 40 mg/dl in men and at least 50 mg/dl in women. There's no side effects with a high hdl, so higher is better. Values over 70 mg/dl are more protective against heart attacks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several Things: High HDL levels may be the result of genetics (hyperalphalipoproteinemia), exercise, increased alcohol intake, or medications (niacin, fibrates). Rare causes include obstruction in the biliary tract, very high blood levels of dilantin, and organophosphate toxicity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Over 40 mg%: Over 40-50 is normal but the higher the HDL Cholesterol (good) , the better. HDL cholesterol could be naturally high and improves with aerobic exercise. It is protective and nothing happens if it is high (protects from bad cholesterol, LDL, by helping the transport and metabolism in the liver). ...Read more
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