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Doctor insights on: What Is A Normal Hdl Cholesterol Level

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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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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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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 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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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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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