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Is HDL cholesterol increased by exercise?|

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
4 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.
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Regular exercises at least 30minute a day 4 times a week can improve HDL levels.

In brief: Yes

Regular exercises at least 30minute a day 4 times a week can improve HDL levels.
Dr. Sarab Alfata
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Dr. Maureen Mays
Actually, exercise only increases HDL-cholesterol when it also lowers triglycerides. Those with an isolated low HDL (a low HDL and triglycerides that are normal) will not significantly change their HDL level with diet, exercise or any other lifestyle modification. If triglycerides are over 150 then exercise and healthy eating will lower triglycerides AND reflexively raise the HDL.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Lifestyle measures.

The best way to raise cardioprotective HDL is cardiovascular exercise.
Shoot for forty or forty-five minutes daily. Supplementation with no-flush Niacin may help as well, 2000 to 3000mg daily in divided doses. Fish oil supplements may help this as well, as healthy fats can raise the HDL.

In brief: Lifestyle measures.

The best way to raise cardioprotective HDL is cardiovascular exercise.
Shoot for forty or forty-five minutes daily. Supplementation with no-flush Niacin may help as well, 2000 to 3000mg daily in divided doses. Fish oil supplements may help this as well, as healthy fats can raise the HDL.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Maureen Mays
Clinical Lipidology
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In brief: Depends on trig's

Actually, exercise only increases hdl-cholesterol when it also lowers triglycerides.
Those with an isolated low HDL (a low HDL and triglycerides that are normal) will not significantly change their HDL level with diet, exercise or any other lifestyle modification. If triglycerides are over 150 then exercise and healthy eating will lower triglycerides and reflexively raise the hdl.

In brief: Depends on trig's

Actually, exercise only increases hdl-cholesterol when it also lowers triglycerides.
Those with an isolated low HDL (a low HDL and triglycerides that are normal) will not significantly change their HDL level with diet, exercise or any other lifestyle modification. If triglycerides are over 150 then exercise and healthy eating will lower triglycerides and reflexively raise the hdl.
Dr. Maureen Mays
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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Modestly

The amount of exercise required to actually and statistically significantly increase hdl-c is considerable and certainly beyond that required for cardiovascular conditioning and modest weight control.
Epidemiologic trials of exercise and hdl-c suggest that running 14-20+ miles per week may be required, if separated from the effect on weight loss, Insulin resistance and triglycerides.

In brief: Modestly

The amount of exercise required to actually and statistically significantly increase hdl-c is considerable and certainly beyond that required for cardiovascular conditioning and modest weight control.
Epidemiologic trials of exercise and hdl-c suggest that running 14-20+ miles per week may be required, if separated from the effect on weight loss, Insulin resistance and triglycerides.
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