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How can you get your HDL to go up?
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
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In brief: Diet & exercise
Moderate exercise (about 30 minutes 5 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 5 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
Carnitine 2gm per day raise HDL cholesterol.

In brief: Carnitine
Carnitine 2gm per day raise HDL cholesterol.
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine
In brief: Tough one!
Really hard - u can perhaps move the HDL in percent terms but not real terms - this is how the drug companies sell their nonsense - if your HDL is 30 - thats low - and you take drug "x" - it goes up to 33 - wow thats 10% - but, only 3 points and still low - standard answers are exercise, carb cutting, fish oil - and, the real kicker - saturated fat! too bad the LDL goes up with the last one!

In brief: Tough one!
Really hard - u can perhaps move the HDL in percent terms but not real terms - this is how the drug companies sell their nonsense - if your HDL is 30 - thats low - and you take drug "x" - it goes up to 33 - wow thats 10% - but, only 3 points and still low - standard answers are exercise, carb cutting, fish oil - and, the real kicker - saturated fat! too bad the LDL goes up with the last one!
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
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