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What can I do to increase my HDL cholesterol level?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Exercise

In brief: Exercise

Exercise.
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Dr. Joseph Hermann
There are many ways to increase your HDL. Exercise is arguably the best method. However, many "drugs" can help, including Niacin (actually, vitamin B3) and alcohol, something we recommend only with great caution, and never in someone with a personal or family history of alcohol or substance abuse. Alcohol should be limited to 1 drink per day and Niacin to 1000 mg daily unless closely monitored.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Lifestyle change 1st

You should consider aerobic exercises, resistance training involving leg muscles, weight loss, smoking cessation, low saturated/trans fat, low simple carb, high monounsaturated fat, high fiber diet, and moderate alcohol consumption.
You may want to talk to your doctor about Niacin (niaspan) and Fenofibrate (tricor or trilipix). If your LDL is high, consider crestor, (rosuvastatin) which may boost HDL slightly.

In brief: Lifestyle change 1st

You should consider aerobic exercises, resistance training involving leg muscles, weight loss, smoking cessation, low saturated/trans fat, low simple carb, high monounsaturated fat, high fiber diet, and moderate alcohol consumption.
You may want to talk to your doctor about Niacin (niaspan) and Fenofibrate (tricor or trilipix). If your LDL is high, consider crestor, (rosuvastatin) which may boost HDL slightly.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Carnitine

Carnitine can increase HDL cholesterol - need to take 2gm per day.

In brief: Carnitine

Carnitine can increase HDL cholesterol - need to take 2gm per day.
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
A healthy lifestyle and regular vigorous exercise 5 days per week has been shown to increase health and also increase the protective HDL cholesterol.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care

In brief: Carnitine

Carnitine has shown to increase HDL - take 2gm per day.

In brief: Carnitine

Carnitine has shown to increase HDL - take 2gm per day.
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care

In brief: Carnitine

Orally taking carnitine 2gm per day increases HDL cholesterol.

In brief: Carnitine

Orally taking carnitine 2gm per day increases HDL cholesterol.
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