By janetrobe Latest Reply 2010-04-17 12:01:15 -0500
Started 2010-03-22 09:08:46 -0500

Was wondering how to raise hdl and lower ldl. Any ideas? If so would like to hear them. Thanks to all, Janet

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LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-17 12:01:15 -0500 Report

Ask your doctor about adding (OTC) Niacin to your daily meds. My doctor put me on that a number of years ago (500 mg. daily) and my numbers immediately were in line and improved. My problem had been triglycerides. Do speak with your doctor about it before jumping on it. Good luck!

GabbyPA 2010-03-22 14:31:30 -0500 Report

Exercise is one of your best friends as it will help raise the hdl. Diet has mixed results, but eating more raw foods and good oils such as nuts, olive oil and flax can help. I take niacin 250 time release, but I would talk to your doctor before you add anything like that.

Sometimes cholesterol is not controlled by outside items. My husband is an example of that. His Doctor said that his levels are so high that it has to be genetic. Diet is not an issue, his body just makes a ton of it. So in his case, only meds will help.

Danielle B
Danielle B 2010-03-22 14:38:18 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby

Yes, genetics are a major pain with cholesterol. And weight may or may not have anything to do with it either.

Another tip is fish and Omega-3 fatty acids. The same thing is found in nuts. So you cannot go wrong with a handful a couple of times a day. Good protein source for energy duration without peaks and crashes.

kdroberts 2010-03-22 09:36:20 -0500 Report

Eating less carb and more fat did more for my cholesterol than eating low fat, low cholesterol. Exercise also helped. My total cholesterol didn't change a whole lot but my HDL went up and LDL went down by a significant amount. Good thing is that both those things help manage diabetes as well.

MAYS 2010-03-22 09:22:35 -0500 Report

Here are two suggestions which will give you room to be flexible :

Eat a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol, which will help you lower your " bad " cholesterol.

Exercise regularly, (The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes most days of the week) Physical activity will help increase your HDL "good" cholesterol.

This basic recommendation will allow you to factor in what type of exercise, when and how often and which foods to consume according to your schedule and taste preferences.

" Mays "

SkipT 2010-03-22 19:25:37 -0500 Report

Mays, you have fallen for the unfounded idea that saturated fat is bad for us and causes cholesterol problems. I use a lot of saturated fat and have no cholesterol problems. My cholesterol is 162. Triglycerides are 37. LDL is 100.
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