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Thursday, November 19, 2009 susieramirez, Community Member, asks

Q: my Hdl is 28 is that bad?


I wanted to know if my Hdl is bad it's 28 and my Ldl is 123.4.. Is it true that if u exercise more and watch what u eat the numbers look better? My triglycerides are 53. Can you explain this to me in plain English. thanks

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11/20/09 11:31am

Hi Susieramirez,


Here are the recommendations of the American Heart Association:


Total cholesterol less than 200
HDL cholesterol at least > 40, ideally > 60
LDL cholesterol at least less than 130, ideally less than 100
Triglycerides less than 150


I recommend you review the following post to learn more about HDL and how to increase HDL levels.


Tips on How to Raise Your HDL


Yes, if you increase physical activity and eat the right foods you can improve your cholesterol levels.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

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By susieramirez, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/11/13, First Published: 11/19/09