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How do I raise my HDL cholesterol?

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Exercise,weight loss

Hdl (high density lipoprotein) is beneficial because it removes cholesterol from the walls of clogged arteries.
An ideal HDL is >60 mg/dl. You can raise your HDL by exercising, losing weight, and taking certain medications such as statins or niacin.

In brief: Exercise,weight loss

Hdl (high density lipoprotein) is beneficial because it removes cholesterol from the walls of clogged arteries.
An ideal HDL is >60 mg/dl. You can raise your HDL by exercising, losing weight, and taking certain medications such as statins or niacin.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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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. Vasu Brown
Wound care

In brief: Carnitine 2 gm/day

Carnitine 2gm per day will raise HDL cholesterol.

In brief: Carnitine 2 gm/day

Carnitine 2gm per day will raise HDL cholesterol.
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