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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


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If my HDL is low what can I do to help bring it up?

If my HDL is low what can I do to help bring it up?

Lifestyle measures.: The best way to raise cardioprotective HDL is cardiovascular exercise. Shoot for forty or forty-five minutes daily. Supplementation with no-flush Niacin may help as well, 2000 to 3000mg daily in divided doses. Fish oil supplements may help this as well, as healthy fats can raise the HDL. ...Read more

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I am worried that my HDL is low 35 & is it normal, slight low, or very low please help?

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Low end of normal: 35 would be just about the low end of normal. That is more important to know is what your LDL level is. ...Read more

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Rechecked cholesterol 6 months later and LDL has gone down. But my HDL is low and has gone down raising my risk. I eat good and excercise what else?

Rechecked  cholesterol 6 months later and LDL has gone down. But my HDL is low and has gone down raising my risk. I eat good and excercise what else?

LDL, not Cholesterol: Cholesterol never been correct issue; made by every animal cell, fundamental to animal movement. Promoted because ?$ to measure. Correct issue: measured LDL & HDL particle concentrations. Best foods to improve values usually minimally processed hf/lc. Get NMR particle test & study big fat lies, mcgovern's report. Science for smart people, taubes, attia, nusi.Org, lustig, dietdoctor, my answers. ...Read more

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Cholesterol is 184, triglycrides is 108, HDL 37 and LDL 125. Should i be worried? i know my HDL is low. im a 22 year old male

Cholesterol is 184, triglycrides is 108, HDL 37 and LDL 125. Should i be worried? i know my HDL is low. im a 22 year old male

Depends: The interpretation of a lipid panel differs from patient to patient. All of the above levels are acceptable in a person with no medical problems. Patient with health issues such as heart disease and diabetes are encouraged to have lower LDL levels. If you have no other health problems then rest assured! ...Read more

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30y/o F w/ HDL of 38, LDL 91, triglyceride 115 & total cholesterol of 152. Dr said it was normal but the lab report said my HDL is low. I'm confused! ?

30y/o F w/ HDL of 38, LDL 91, triglyceride 115 & total cholesterol of 152. Dr said it was normal but the lab report said my HDL is low. I'm confused! ?

Both R true: Your HDL is technically just a bit "low" but your total cholesterol, LDL and TGs are normal - hence both statements are true! From your doctor's perspective, your HDL isn't abnormal enough to justify treatment even if we had an effective drug (we don't). Daily exercise is a healthy lifestyle and it raises HDL so it's definitely recommended. Beyond that, forget it. It's an inherited characteristic. ...Read more

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Is HDL 34 very low?

Moderately low: Target HDL for most is >40, but should be >45 in high risk patients. ...Read more

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What are the causes of high triglycerides and low hdl?

What are the causes of high triglycerides and low hdl?

Sweets & alcohol: Most common cause is high intake of sweets (candy, juice, pop, gatorade, etc.), uncontrolled diabetes (high blood sugar), and consumption of alcohol (which our body process as a type of sugar). Avoid sweets, especially those in liquid form, control diabetes (if you have it), limit alcohol to 1-2 drinks per day at most. Exercise at least 5 days a week, keep a healthy weight. ...Read more

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My bloodwork is great but my HDL is 4ptsthe low?

My bloodwork is great but my HDL is 4ptsthe low?

Lifestyle measures.: The best way to raise cardioprotective HDL is cardiovascular exercise. Shoot for forty or forty-five minutes daily. Supplementation with no-flush Niacin may help as well, 2000 to 3000mg daily in divided doses. Fish oil supplements may help this as well, as healthy fats can raise the HDL. ...Read more

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Recommended food for high tg, LDL and low HDL patients?

Recommended food for high tg, LDL and low HDL patients?

Back to basics: Thanks for your data! numbers all look pretty good. Tg is only mildly elevated and would respond best to low calorie diet with focus on reducing high glycemic index foods and fructose. Tg may come down, but I am not sure there is great benefit to that. Real focus of treatment is LDL but that is great. Eat plenty of fish. Regular aerobic exercise. Maintain healthy weight. ...Read more

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Can triglyceride levels be too low? Mine is 27. (hdl is 94; LDL is 62)

Can triglyceride levels be too low? Mine is 27. (hdl is 94; LDL is 62)

All Good: You lipid parameters are all in good order. Triglyceride is not too low. Hope that your HDL is high due to vigorous exercise and not by drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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How can one restore a low HDL level in the blood ?

How can one restore a low HDL level in the blood ?

Exercise, fish oil: Exercise, both aerobic and strength-training can improve hdl. Omega 3 fatty acids (as found in fish oil supplements) also have good clinical data showing HDL improvements. ...Read more

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What is the difference between HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein)?

What is the difference between HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein)?

Big difference: Ldl, when found in high concentrations in the blood, can enter your artery walls and initiate an inflammatory reaction that culminates in the development of atherosclerosis, plaque formation in the arterial wall. Hdl had many functions. If HDL is functioning well it can help to prevent atherosclerosis. One of its major functions is to remove cholesterol from the arterial wall. ...Read more

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My HDL Cholestrol is 49.5 and LDL Cholestrol is 42.5. Very low than normal. What are the risk factors involved ?

No risk: Hi. That lipoprotein profile per se confers no risk on you. There are populations who have LDL in that range, and suffer no ill effects. In fact, it's probably GOOD for you. Live healthily and exercise regularly. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have hypocholesterolemia, total was 76, LDL 22, HDL 49 on last test. Dr just sent for vap profile. How will this test help to diagnose why it is low?

I have hypocholesterolemia, total was 76, LDL 22, HDL 49 on last test. Dr just sent for vap profile. How will this test help to diagnose why it is low?

?: If you're feeling ok and have no other risk factors for disease, there is really no need for a vap test here. The vap is usually used to risk stratify those patients who have other risk factors (such as hypertension, family history of heart disease, etc.) but have a normal-looking lipid profile. I am not sure why the vap test is ordered, but your profile is not considered "abnormal". ...Read more

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