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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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I have a 1.4 bilirubin count...20 vitamin d and 217 cholesterol HDL level 77. Ldl 128 ratio 2.8 . I am on hormone replacement could this be a reason?

I have a 1.4 bilirubin count...20 vitamin d and 217 cholesterol HDL level 77. Ldl 128 ratio 2.8 . I am on hormone replacement could this be a reason?

Possibly: We don't know the long term effects of hormones. You have gilbert's condition due to a pile up of bilirubin (ask your doctor) and your vitamin d level is appallingly low. It should be between 60 and 80. :your cholesterol/hdl ratio is O.K. ...Read more

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How do I increase my good HDL cholesterol?

How do I increase my good HDL cholesterol?

Diet, exercise: You can raise your good cholesterol by increasing the amount of exercise you do, losing weight, and following a healthy diet, low in fat and cholesterol. Eating healthier, unsaturated fats can help as well. There are medications and over the counter supplements such as Niacin that will also help to raise good cholesterol. ...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

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How can I increase my HDL cholesterol?

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 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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Are there any ways I can raise HDL cholesterol?

Are there any ways I can raise HDL cholesterol?

Diet-activity: High omega-3 diet, high fiber diet, low fat diet, increase olive oil and canola oil use, regular exercises 30min a day 4 times a wk. ...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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I have low HDL cholesterol (usually 35-50 mg/dl), which is common in my family. What can do with lifestyle to increase it? I already exercise daily.

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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Can you tell me how I could lower my (ldl) cholesterol and raise my (hdl) cholesterol?

Can you tell me how I could lower my (ldl) cholesterol and raise my (hdl) cholesterol?

Fitness is the key: Medication and perhaps even diet may have an impact, but if it is at all possible, get back into that aerobic fitness lifestyle that you enjoyed so much as a teenager. It will probably not just raise your HDL but protect your heart and brain, and make you feel far better. What a fine gift to give yourself! ...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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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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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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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 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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How can a vegetarian raise their hemoglobin, hemotocrit and HDL cholesterol?

Seriously sick: Exercise is the key to improving your vascular health if your HDL turns up low. The cause of your anemia needs to be found and addressed. If you are a vegetarian and you do not supplement, you will ruin your health. Iron deficiency will disable you, and anemia due to B12 deficiency is often late, with the brain damage having already begun. A competent physician or dietician can tel you what to do. ...Read more

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How can you raise HDL cholesterol?

How can you raise HDL cholesterol?

Lifestyle and meds: You can raise HDL cholesterol naturally with exercise, weight loss, and dietary changes such as eating less saturated fat. Consuming healthy fats such as those in nuts and fish may help. Otc supplements such as omega 3 and Niacin have been shown to increase hdl. Medications such as fibrates and statins have also been shown to increase HDL to varying degrees. ...Read more

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Is HDL cholesterol increased by 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 foods are good to increase your HDL cholesterol?

What foods are good to increase your HDL cholesterol?

Avoid simple Carbs: Cholesterol, a fat, part of all animal membranes, allow membrane/cell flexibility, animal motion, thus made by all animal cells, has never been correct issue. High Density Lipoproteins, which can remove fat molecules from cells which are fat overloaded (such as macrophages in atherosclerotic plaque), have long been subdivided into 5 subgroups based on size. Focus on?ing 2 largest HDL particles! ...Read more

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Can you suggest how to lower my triglycerides and raise my good (hdl) cholesterol?

Diet and exercise: Reduce your intake of carbohydrates and fats, increase the amount of exercise to at least 30 minutes/day. Fish oil may help. If that does not help, please consult your doctor for other medications. ...Read more

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What type of exersie can raise HDL cholesterol faster. What food can raise HDL cheolestrol. Thanks.?

See below.: Exercise, weight loss, smoking cessation and monounsaturated fatty acids can raise hdl. Beta blockers, benzodiazepines, and androgens can lower hdl. I don't know that there is any haste to raising your hdl. Gemfibrozil and estrogen replacement can also raise hdl.

Several major studies trying to raise HDL with medications have not demonstrated benefit. ...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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Is it possible for a vegetarian to raise their hemoglobin, hematocrit, and HDL cholesterol?

Is it possible for a vegetarian to raise their hemoglobin, hematocrit, and HDL cholesterol?

Yes: You can raise your hematocrit/ hemoglobin by raising your iron level (or if they are already normal, by keeping an adequate supply of iron). Plenty of vegetarian foods can bring iron through diet. Almonds, olive oil, avocados and lean fish can raise HDL (besides exercise and a low body weight). ...Read more

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I want to raise HDL (cholesterol). My current lipid profile: hdl-53, ldl-148, triglyceride-82. Should I take omega-3 tablets? Please suggest.

I want to raise HDL (cholesterol). My current lipid profile: hdl-53, ldl-148, triglyceride-82. Should I take omega-3 tablets? Please suggest.

No: Omega 3 fatty acids are useful for lowering triglycerides, when they are very high (>500 mg/dl) and perhaps for cardiovascular risk reduction at lower doses (1 gm/day), as a replacement for appropriate fish containing omega 3 (epa and dha) in those who do not or cannot eat enough fish. They do not raise HDL. Exercise, weight loss, smoking cessation & saturated fat can raise hdl. ...Read more

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

Is it true that trans fat is linked with raising your blood's HDL cholesterol levels 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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Is there a way to raise HDL and lower HDL cholesterol besides taking statins. Been reading some forums about apple cider vinegar and it seems to work?

Is there a way to raise HDL and lower HDL cholesterol besides taking statins. Been reading some forums about apple cider vinegar and it seems to work?

Eat healthy/Exercise: Do not get into any of the stuff you are talking about. Go after the proven interventions. Eat low fat -plant based diet and exercise daily. These interventions will lower your LDL and increase the HDL level(use of unsaturated fats found in fish, nuts and in avocados) can also help. Avoid saturated fats(found in dairy products and in animal fats/meats). ...Read more

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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