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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

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What are fresh foods that raise HDL cholesterol level?

What are fresh foods that raise HDL cholesterol level?

PUFA's and MUFA's: Poly and mono unsaturated fats help raise hdl-c and lower ldl-c in the body. Beware! Fats are high in calories, so even good fats can make you gain weight which will increase triglycerides and lower hdl-c. Decreasing saturated fats will also help raise hdl-c, so cut out the meat, cheese, butter, palm, and coconut oil. ...Read more

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Hdl cholesterol level is high. Can it ever be too high?

Hdl cholesterol level is high. Can it ever be too high?

Unusual over 100: Hdl cholesterol (hdl-c) levels over 100 are vary uncommon. In general, high hdl-c 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 more

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How do you make your HDL cholesterol level go up? Exercise?

How do you make your HDL cholesterol level go up? Exercise?

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 is the best way to raise my HDL cholesterol level higher?

Exercise, Omega3: Hdl (high-density lipoprotein) can be increased the most by only 2 ways: exercise and foods rich in omega3 fish oil, or omega3 supplementation. ...Read more

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What happens inside the body that raises HDL cholesterol level?

What happens inside the body that raises HDL cholesterol level?

Complicated: The cholesterol in HDL particles (hdl-c) can increase either because the cholesterol carried per particle goes up, or because the actual number of number of HDL particles (hdl-p) increase. Cholesterol per HDL particle will increase if elevated triglycerides go down, as well as in response to exercise, alcohol, and niacin. Some meds (statins, fibrates, Zetia (ezetimibe) and metformin) increase hdl-p. ...Read more

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What natural foods are good to increase your HDL cholesterol level?

What natural foods are good to increase your HDL cholesterol level?

Fish: Fish especially cold water fish like salmon and tuna. Also regular exercise, not smoking, and controlling diabetes if you have it. ...Read more

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My most recent HDL cholesterol level was so so. How high can HDL go?

My most recent HDL cholesterol level was so so. How high can HDL go?

Hard to tell: As a lipidologist I often get referred interesting cases, most recently someone with an HDL cholesterol level of 168. This patient was a high absorber of cholesterol in the intestine, with very high levels of a protein called apo a1, the building block of HDL cholesterol. While her total cholesterol was high, and hdl, everything else was normal. These can be confusing cases. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Could my HDL be wrong? Is an extremely high HDL cholesterol level unhealthy?

Don't Know: High hdl-c (HDL cholesterol) levels are associated with lower risk of heart disease for populations of patients. For individuals, however we cannot say this. In fact, high HDL can be cause by many things, one of which is increased cholesterol absorption, and may not protect against elevated levels of LDL cholesterol or apo b or LDL particle levels. Hdl can be high but "dysfunctional". ...Read more

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My most recent HDL cholesterol level was 89. How high can HDL go in normal healthy people?

My most recent HDL cholesterol level was 89. How high can HDL go in normal healthy people?

Unusual over 100: Hdl cholesterol (hdl-c) levels over 100 are vary uncommon. In general, high hdl-c 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 more

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HDL levels are 47mg/dL, LDL levels are 132 mg/dL and non-HDL cholesterol is 151 mg/dL. Ldl/HDL ratio is 2.81.Any concerns? I am trying to conceive.

No: These are great numbers. Donot worry and good luck with conception. No need for any cholesterol medication. Eat well, exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle overall. ...Read more

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How could increase HDL cholesterol level in blood?

How could increase HDL cholesterol level in blood?

Hard to do: Hi. Unfortunately, unlike LDL, which is easy to treat, there isn't much you can do for HDL. Exercise and red wine correlate with higher HDL. The drugs with the most HDL-raising effects are fenofibrate and Niaspan (niacin). Good luck! ...Read more

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How does saturated fat raise HDL cholesterol levels and polyunsaturated fat raise ldl?

Other way 'round!: If you want to lower your "bad" ldl, less saturated and more polyunsaturated fat is important. To raise your "good" hdl, lose weight, exercise and drink modestly (eg, one glass of red wine daily). If you are a smoker, stop. ...Read more

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29y/o male with LDH 229 iu/l, HDL Cholesterol 34 mg/dl, LDL Cholesterol calc 110mg/dl. Are these levels to be concerned with? Smokeless tobacco user

29y/o male with LDH 229 iu/l, HDL Cholesterol 34 mg/dl, LDL Cholesterol calc 110mg/dl. Are these levels to be concerned with? Smokeless tobacco user

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ldh -? lactate dehydrogenase enzyme level- is a non-specific test that comes from liver and muscle -? liver enzymes, ? hx heavy exercise and possibly repeat in a few weeks. LDL a bit high and HDL a bit low - especially if family coronary artery disease most would recommend redoubled lifestyle measures and repeat in some months. Anthropometric risk at http://ce180c.engr. Ccny. Cuny. ...Read more

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Losing weight through exercise and healthier eating and taking meds, but total cholesterol, non-hdl cholesterol, bilirubin, and creatinine levels high?

How high?: Slight elevation in creatinine may be due to increased muscle mass, dehydration, increased protein intake, but should be evaluated by your doctor. Slightly elevated bilirubin may be a "normal" variant or the effect of vigorous excercise. High cholesterol and non-hdl cholesterol may need additional intervention by your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi I am a 50years old female from kolkata, india. Recently I have done a blood test and the report indicates HDL cholesterol level 51mg?

Hi I am a 50years old female from kolkata, india. Recently I have done a blood test and the report indicates HDL cholesterol level 51mg?

No problem: Without more information, that number by itself is normal. If the LDL cholesterol is high, your doctor may want to treat that. ...Read more

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Is it true that trans fat is linked with raising your blood's HDL cholesterol levels and and increase in risk of heart disease?

Is it true that trans fat is linked with raising your blood's HDL cholesterol levels and and increase in risk of heart disease?

Raise LDL, Heart dz.: Meats have some transfats, but most are manmade. Transfats are made by hydrogenating oils, which turns them into solids (shortening). Transfats are used in processed foods b/c they last longer on shelf that way -- cookies/pie crusts/chips/popcorn/donuts/creamer/margarine. They raise LDL (bad) and lower HDL (good) cholesterol, which leads to heart disease. Saturated fats are just as bad! ...Read more

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Which foods have HDL cholesterol?

Diet & exercise: Moderate exercise (about 30 minutes 5 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 I raise my HDL cholesterol?

Exercise, weight loss: Hdl (high density lipoprotein) is beneficial because it removes cholesterol from the walls of clogged arteries. An ideal HDL is >60 mg/dl. You can raise your HDL by exercising, losing weight, and taking certain medications such as statins or niacin. ...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