Diet, exercise. You can raise your good cholesterol by increasing the amount of exercise you do, losing weight, and following a healthy diet, low in fat and cholesterol. Eating healthier, unsaturated fats can help as well. There are medications and over the counter supplements such as Niacin that will also help to raise good cholesterol.
Depends on cause. Increasing HDL cholesterol depends on the cause of the low hdl. Hdl can be depressed for many reasons, however, obesity or overweight, smoking, inactivity and diet are common causes. Medications, high triglycerides, and other diseases can also cause HDL to be low. Reversing these causes will in many cases but not always increase the hdl. There is no indication, however to raise HDL with medication.
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.
Avoid simple Carbs. Cholesterol, a fat, part of all animal membranes, allow membrane/cell flexibility, animal motion, thus made by all animal cells, has never been correct issue. High Density Lipoproteins, which can remove fat molecules from cells which are fat overloaded (such as macrophages in atherosclerotic plaque), have long been subdivided into 5 subgroups based on size. Focus on ↑ing 2 largest HDL particles!
Diet and exercise. Reduce your intake of carbohydrates and fats, increase the amount of exercise to at least 30 minutes/day. Fish oil may help. If that does not help, please consult your doctor for other medications.
Fish. Fish especially cold water fish like salmon and tuna. Also regular exercise, not smoking, and controlling diabetes if you have it.
Vegetable fat. Oil, avocado and nuts are a good source of good fat.
Depends on why. Saturated fats will raise HDL cholesterol. Fish oils, to a smaller extent will also raise HDL cholesterol (when triglycerides are high, the reason may be that as tg's go down, HDL goes up). In addition, for those overweight and pre-diabetic or Insulin resistant a diet reduced in simple carbohydrates and refined sugars can improve the HDL level as tg's go down. Think heart healthy.
Diet-activity. High omega-3 diet, high fiber diet, low fat diet, increase olive oil and canola oil use, regular exercises 30min a day 4 times a wk.
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.
Carnitine 2gm. Carnitine 2gm per day will raise HDL cholesterol.
Fitness is the key. Medication and perhaps even diet may have an impact, but if it is at all possible, get back into that aerobic fitness lifestyle that you enjoyed so much as a teenager. It will probably not just raise your HDL but protect your heart and brain, and make you feel far better. What a fine gift to give yourself!