What You Can Do to Raise Your "Good" HDL Cholesterol
Easy health and nutrition ideas to make an impact on your cholesterol numbers.
"You do know that a diet high in saturated fat and low in carbohydrates is the proven way to raise HDL? And that a diet high in fructose and other sugars (carbohydrates) will lower HDL and raise triglycerides? "
It’s important to know your level of HDL cholesterol. All adults should have this checked every five years along with their lipid levels (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides). High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is “good” because it carries excess cholesterol away from your arteries to your liver, where it’s cleared from the body. When HDL falls to 50 mg/dL or lower for women or is ≤40mg/dL for men, it signals an increased risk of heart disease. Levels of ≥60 mg/dL may be protective.
While genes strongly influence HDL levels, you can improve your numbers modestly. Regular physical activity is most effective, but diet plays a role too.