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How quickly can your HDL cholesterol levels change?

How quickly can your HDL cholesterol levels change?

Depends on Change: Hdl levels change based on the intervention. If a patient starts to loose weight, or change diet, or increase exercise, stop smoking or HDL will gradually increase over months. Medications that raise cholesterol can do it more rapidly, however, current guidelines do not recommend raising HDL cholesterol with medications. If your HDL cholesterol is low or high, it is worth being evaluated for this. ...Read more

Dr. James Underberg
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Hdl Cholesterol (Definition)

Lipoprotein particles carry fat molecules: cholesterol, phospholipids ; triglycerides around the body in the water outside cells, including the blood. These particles vary in types of protein on the outer surface, ↓density ; ↑size (5 groups) according to the number of fat molecules carried. High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is the amount of cholesterol ...Read more


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How can you make your HDL cholesterol levels go up?

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 more

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

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

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 more

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What are good levels of HDL cholesterol?

Higher the better: Epidemiologically, the higher the hdl-c, the better, with notably reduced risk with hdl-c in excess of 60 mg/dl. The problem is that this is often genetically and gender dependent, & there is scant evidence that raising hdl-c per se (independent of triglycerides and ldl-c) by drugs will change clinical outcomes. We have new agents in trials that significantly raise hdl-c & may improve outcomes. ...Read more

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How do I increase HDL cholesterol levels?

How do I increase HDL cholesterol levels?

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 more

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How can one increase HDL cholesterol levels?

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. ...Read more

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

Risk Factors: Several known risk factors for heart disease are also associated with low HDL cholesterol. Smoking, inactivity, obesity, all are linked to low HDL cholesterol, and improving on these can raise the HDL cholesterol. Exercise, smoking cessation and weight loss all may improve the risk of heart disease, and whether this is related to increased hdl, or just a marker of these interventions is unclear. ...Read more

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Can you have too high HDL cholesterol levels and get some illness?

High HDL Cholesterol: There is some data linking very high HDL cholesterol to increased cardiovascular risk. Some feel that it is not the level of HDL that matters but rather it's "functionality" or how well it is working that makes the difference. One could have very high levels of non-functioning HDL, or low levels of highly functioning hdl. Right now we have no commercially available tests to determine this however. ...Read more

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How can I increase HDL cholesterol? Mine is35mg/dl and serum cholesterol-that I guess total- is 220 mg/dl. Are my levels normal for31y male?

How can I increase HDL cholesterol? Mine is35mg/dl and serum cholesterol-that I guess total- is 220 mg/dl. Are my levels normal for31y male?

Dietary Changes 1st: An HDL over 60 is cardioprotective. Increase intake of monosaturated fats like olives, olive oil, avocado and most nuts esp walnuts will help but remember these are high calorie foods so only a small amount. A fish oil 1, 000mg to 3, 000mg omega3 is also great. Plant sterols/stanols help-a spread in the grocery store called 'benecol' can raise HDL using 1 or 2 tsp instead of butter or margarine. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence that depression or anxiety affect HDL cholesterol levels?

Is there any evidence that depression or anxiety affect HDL cholesterol levels?

Mixed findings: Many studies have yielded conflicting results, for a variety of reasons. But a larger study from the netherlands in 2010 suggested that melancholic depression was associated with lower hdl. Also, atypical depression was associated with higher total and LDL cholesterol -- hinting that in at least some depressions, lifestyle may be a factor.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/20021996. ...Read more

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Need ways to lower the level of triglycerides & higher the level of hdl-cholesterol?

Several options: Lower triglycerides can be done with several medicines from fish oil to medications called fibrates or niacin. Raising the HDL is not so easy. Sometimes diet, weight-loss and exercise help. Of the chol meds only niacine as a significant impact on increasing HDL but sometimes is not well tolerated due to se of flushing. ...Read more

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What should I eat if HDL cholesterol is slightly low and albumin level is slightly high?

Eat fish & exercise: Hdl is not predominantly influenced by diet. Hdl is primarily regulated by genetics but can be increased by exercise, omega 3 fatty acids, weight loss and to a small extent wine. The best way to raise your HDL level is by increasing your aerobic exercise to at least 3-5 times a week for at least 20 minutes. Eat fish high in omega 3 fatty acids, epa and dha or take omega 3 capsules. ...Read more

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What can be done to reduce the level of triglycerides & higher the level of hdl-cholesterol?

REDUCE CARBS/OMEGA 3: Reduce crbs especially simple carbs like sucrose, fructose and glucose, alcohol and consume oily fish like salmon high in omega 3
to bring HDL up fish high in omega three like salmon, sardines, herring, tuna, oatmealfoods containing Niacin like chicken, nuts and dairy products. And alcohol in moderation will increase yourhdl. ...Read more

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My HDL cholesterol levels are 47 mg/dL. How to improve? And any risk in conceiving with this level?

No. Your good.: An HDL of 47 for a young woman such as your self is not bad. That said, it is all dependent on risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Overall, a goal of 50 or above for woman is ideal but in the setting of low risk factors, lower numbers are probably fine. Also, this has little to do with pregnancy and that is not a concern. Exercise, diets low in saturated fat, higher in monosaturated fats help ...Read more

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What are foods that raise the HDL cholesterol level?

Rich in Omega3: Hdl (high-density lipoprotein) can be increased the most by 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. ...Read more

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Hdl cholesterol level is abnormal when?

HDL: Hdl is high density lipoprotein and is dangerous when it is low-- below 35 for a man or 40 for a woman. This is a risk for cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately there is no easy way to raise your hdl, they best way is aerobic exercise. ...Read more

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What is the best pill to raise HDL cholesterol level?

What is the best pill to raise HDL cholesterol level?

Niacin or Niaspan (niacin): Do not use the no-flush as it doens't work. Also, do not take Niacin or Niaspan w/o talking to your doctor. Like all medicines, you must be monitored while on niacin/niaspan. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Hdl (Definition)

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