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How do you make your HDL cholesterol levels go up without medications?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
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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.
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Depends on cause

See my recent answer to this question.
We do not use medications to raise HDL cholesterol. If there are lifestyle issues that are lowering HDL then reversing/correcting these issues such as smoking, diet, exercise and overweight/obesity may increase the HDL level.

In brief: Depends on cause

See my recent answer to this question.
We do not use medications to raise HDL cholesterol. If there are lifestyle issues that are lowering HDL then reversing/correcting these issues such as smoking, diet, exercise and overweight/obesity may increase the HDL level.
Dr. James Underberg
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Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine

In brief: Exercise and Omega3

Hdl (high-density lipoprotein) can be increased the most by exercise, plus 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.

In brief: Exercise and Omega3

Hdl (high-density lipoprotein) can be increased the most by exercise, plus 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.
Dr. David Fein
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