When the doctor noticed my cholesterol ratio was out of whack, my HDL level was about 25. Needs to be at least 45.
Fear of impending death lead me to start taking Niacin, get more aerobic exercise, add fish oil and eggs to my diet, and cut back on processed foods. I am up to a count of 35 now.
As it turns out, low HDLs is a more serious issue than high LDLs. Ouch.
Any suggestions re: how to get that level up to where it needs to be?
I did a little research and came across the following:
Try to increase the mono unsaturated fats in your diet such as olive oil, canola oil, and avocado oil. The fats found in peanut butter can also increase HDL cholesterol levels without increasing the your total cholesterol.
You should also try to add soluble fiber to your diet, found in oats, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Two servings a day can result in both a reduction in LDL and an increase HDL.
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