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Q: Too Low Cholesterol

My husband has been told by his doctor that his HDL (good) cholesterol is too low.  His HDL number is 43.  His total cholesterol is 163 and his LDL is 103.  Trig are 85.

 

I just had my cholesterol done and my HDL (good) cholesterol is 37.  My total cholesterol is 150; LDL 110 and trig 88.  What can we both do to raise these HDL numbers into the normal range.  My husband does physical work in a warehouse for his job.  I belong to a gym and work out mildly about three times per week.  I have MS.  Please help us with ideas to raise these numbers for our next visits.

 

Thank you...KLD

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1/12/09 6:06pm

Hi KLD,

 

I agreeing raising your HDL levels will benefit you both.  HDL needs to be greater than 40 and ideally greater than 60. 

 

This is a frequently asked question, so I put together an article to refer people to:

 

Tips on How to Raise Your HDL

 

Increasing your physical activity will have a positive impact on HDL levels, as well adding omega 3 fatty acids to your diet.

 

If you have questions after reading the article, be sure to submit them.

 

All the best,

 

Lisa Nelson, RD

Diet to Lower Cholesterol Naturally

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By KLD, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 01/08/09