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What does it mean to have high HDL cholesterol?

What does it mean to have high HDL cholesterol?

Good: Hdl is the good cholesterol and having a high level of it will stand against the effects of the bad cholesterol called ldl, so having a high HDL can help in eleminating risk factors for having a stroke or a heart attack in the near future. ...Read more

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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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What does high HDL cholesterol mean? Is that the good kind or the bad kind?

The good kind.: LDL and triglycerides contribute to arterial plaque formation while HDL breaks down arterial plaques. HDL is the healthy cholesterol, so a high HDL is a great thing. ...Read more

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Can HDL cholesterol ever be too high?

No: There are no known side effects of a high hdl. Remember HDL - healthy cholesterol. ...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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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 does it mean if I have low HDL cholesterol?

Heart disease risk.: Hdl (high density lipoprotein) protects the body by removing excess cholesterol from the walls of arteries. A high HDL (>60 mg/dl) can protect the body from heart disease. A low HDL (<30 mg/dl), on the other hand, is a risk factor for developing heart disease. A patient with low HDL can exercise, lose weight, or take medication to raise it. ...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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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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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