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Q: Vegetarians and low HDL

Can vegetarians have lower HDL levels?

I am 62 years, male, vegetarian. I am taking s small dose of BP medicine since March

(my BP was about 140/88 before, now 110/76). My Cholesterol is LDL 125/ HDL 36. My doctor wanted to put me on statins and I found that exaggerated. 

I eat organic, vegetarian fat free diet, hardly any dairy or eggs. Walk moderately.

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6/10/09 4:52pm

Hi Anand,


Just from reviewing what you shared, I believe the reason your HDL is low is linked to your fat free diet.  If you increase your intake of heart healthy fats, such as omega 3's, you'll likely see a corresponding rise in HDL levels.  Check out the post below for tips on how to raise HDL.


Tips on How to Raise Your HDL


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

Be Heart Healthy and Lose Weight

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By Anand, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 06/08/09