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.
Increasing HDL. Hdl is your happy cholesterol that protects you from heart disease. It is very hard to increase but Niacin or Niaspan (niacin) can help, exercise, losing weight, fish oil and some statins can help. Focus on improving all of your numbers so even if you get this up a little but your LDL comes down alot, the risk ratio improves.
HDL. Increases with exercise and with lowering triglycerides.