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Raise HDL Naturally

Dr. William Davis Health Pro November 05, 2008
  • In my last two posts (see: Reduce Triglycerides Naturally & Why Take Fish Oil if You Take a Statin Drug?), I discussed how, in my program for reversal of heart disease, we follow what I call the "Rule of 60": LDL 60 mg/dl, HDL 60 mg/dl, triglycerides 60 mg/dl, or 60:60:60.   We achieve gre...

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  • Anonymous
    cathy
    Dec. 03, 2013

    Hi,

    I've been experiencing some chest pains and was adviced to check my Cholestrol. It came up at 5.3. my HDL currently is 0.96, they couldnt check my LDL but im told both constitute the cholestrol level. I am a bit freaked out since my bad cholestrol is way above the good one. I have to start living a healthy lifestyle to increase my HDL and will be grateful...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi,

    I've been experiencing some chest pains and was adviced to check my Cholestrol. It came up at 5.3. my HDL currently is 0.96, they couldnt check my LDL but im told both constitute the cholestrol level. I am a bit freaked out since my bad cholestrol is way above the good one. I have to start living a healthy lifestyle to increase my HDL and will be grateful for any other pointers apart from the ones stated here.

  • Anonymous
    Gene
    Sep. 18, 2013

    This statement in the above page makes no sense and seems to be contradictory.

     

    Because low-fat diets reduce HDL (and raise triglycerides), I advocate a diet approach that involves the elimination of foods made with wheat or cornstarch, as well as reduction or elimination of junk foods.

     

    I don't understand.  One sentence says to reduce fats...

    RHMLucky777

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    This statement in the above page makes no sense and seems to be contradictory.

     

    Because low-fat diets reduce HDL (and raise triglycerides), I advocate a diet approach that involves the elimination of foods made with wheat or cornstarch, as well as reduction or elimination of junk foods.

     

    I don't understand.  One sentence says to reduce fats while this seems to suggest low fat diets lower HDL as opposed to raising it.

    • Sandee
      Nov. 02, 2013
      dr Davis is saying Low Fat diets which usually contains a lot of wheat and starch will LOWER HDL. We want HDL to be high not low. Therefore stop eating the wheat and junk food such as cookies, cakes, donuts which usually contains wheat! If you are familiar with Dr Davies work you would know he advocates a paleo/primal/gluten free approach to eating, which include...
      RHMLucky777
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      dr Davis is saying Low Fat diets which usually contains a lot of wheat and starch will LOWER HDL. We want HDL to be high not low. Therefore stop eating the wheat and junk food such as cookies, cakes, donuts which usually contains wheat! If you are familiar with Dr Davies work you would know he advocates a paleo/primal/gluten free approach to eating, which include fats. And from my experience it totally works to increase HDL and decrease triglycerides and LDL.
    • Delle
      May. 09, 2014

      HDL is your good whereas LDL is your bad. This article is saying (in my opinion) that you need to reduce the bad fats in your diet. It's a good thing to eat the right fats like olive oil, avacadoes etc. I am not a Dr. but this is the way I live my life from his teaching as I have genetically pre-dispossitioned high tri-glycerides as well as a very low HDL....

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      HDL is your good whereas LDL is your bad. This article is saying (in my opinion) that you need to reduce the bad fats in your diet. It's a good thing to eat the right fats like olive oil, avacadoes etc. I am not a Dr. but this is the way I live my life from his teaching as I have genetically pre-dispossitioned high tri-glycerides as well as a very low HDL. Mine is running around 40 right now which sounds bad but is almost doubled since starting to follow his advice. I don't think the article is contradictaory as this is a little complex until you become more educated on the subject. Thanks!

  • Yodaman
    Sep. 23, 2012
    I wonder if you achieve the same results from grape juice or just grapes?
  • Becky Murray
    Sep. 09, 2011

    I am a 49 year old female that has been through an enormous amount of life changing stressful events.  After a year of being fairly sedentary, I have once again regemented into a 2-3 mile walk every other day.  I previously worked at a job that I never slowed down, sweat profusely, and drank water all day, BUT did not urinate all day.  

    One evening,...

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    I am a 49 year old female that has been through an enormous amount of life changing stressful events.  After a year of being fairly sedentary, I have once again regemented into a 2-3 mile walk every other day.  I previously worked at a job that I never slowed down, sweat profusely, and drank water all day, BUT did not urinate all day.  

    One evening, I was up all night, every hour, urinating.  It seemed like just when I got into bed I could feel my bladder filling back up.  That lasted for two days.  

    I also noticed that my feet would have some edema in the evenings.  

    All this went away when I stopped working with this company.  

    Even after 45 days of being detatched from this company, I had a BMP an my glucose was a little hight, as well as my BUN/Creat ratio.  Could this be from dehydration?

    Becky

  • the7stentman
    Jun. 20, 2011

    HDL numbers have been as low as 22... and exercise and a strict diet along with plain niacin 2000mg a day and fish oil got the number up to 43 in December with LDL of 66 and Triglycerides of 67 and while much better, it was not near the 60-60-60 goals.

     

     I started Vitamin D and loaded it at 30k per day for 10 days and then backed off to 10k every...

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    HDL numbers have been as low as 22... and exercise and a strict diet along with plain niacin 2000mg a day and fish oil got the number up to 43 in December with LDL of 66 and Triglycerides of 67 and while much better, it was not near the 60-60-60 goals.

     

     I started Vitamin D and loaded it at 30k per day for 10 days and then backed off to 10k every other day.  Also started drinking cocoa in the morning coffee with non dairy creamer and taking cinnamon up to a tsp a day with yogurt.  This lead to excessively thin blood because of also taking Plavix.  Too many blood thinners, so cut back the cinnamon to 1/2 tsp and eliminated aspirin altogether.

     

    The April numbers are unreal.  64 HDL, 33 Triglycerides and 34 LDL.  Switched from 20 mg lipitor to 20 mg zocor and will check it again this July.

     

    Vitamin D was likely the key with a little help from the cocoa...just a guess.  Thank you very much for the information provided on this site!

  • Stuart
    Apr. 17, 2011

    I have high cholesterol and it was interesting that my doctor was not too concerned - mainly as I had no other conditions such as high blood pressure etc.

     

    My doctor said I could go on medication but I did not really want to do that as I was told it would mean I would be on medication for the rest of my life - and I don't really like the idea of drugs...

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    I have high cholesterol and it was interesting that my doctor was not too concerned - mainly as I had no other conditions such as high blood pressure etc.

     

    My doctor said I could go on medication but I did not really want to do that as I was told it would mean I would be on medication for the rest of my life - and I don't really like the idea of drugs and the side effects etc...

     

    I decided instead to try alternative and far more healthy options - including a slight change in my diet (less fatty things, cheeses etc- I love cheeses!! , increased exercise (except I don't do gym's) and I also looked at supplements etc that could help.

     

    I had to make some key changes.

     

    I needed to focus on drinking more water - it is good for you with no side effects.

     

    As mentioned - I consume less cheese and have reduced other "fatty foods" too

    I am doing more exercise - still not going to the gym but I will walk wherever possible rather than driving etc, take the stairs instead of the lift and just really make an effort to play sports etc

     

    I have found some very good supplements - I did a body detox using the natural supplement Ayurtox and now take a supplement called AyurGold. Both are herbal supplements that helps to bring back a natural balance - basically to clean and then maintain my body as it is too hard to get a new one!

     

    Being diagnosed with high cholesterol was a shock as I thought I was healthy, but at least it shocked me into action and I now feel 100% better which I am happy about.

     

    It did prompt me to research and then start my own blog to share the things I found out about my own conditions and generally my passion for <a href="http://www.urhealthywithherbs.com">Good Health and Wellbeing</a> - not an expert but a better informed person now.

  • Anonymous
    BB
    Feb. 19, 2011

    I was interested in finding out how to raise my HDL and this article was so informative.

    I had an idea but I just wanted to be sure.

    My LDL was a smidgeons high and that startled me so I wanted to make sure how to lower that.

    The healthy way and not with medication

    I do take good care but during the holidays I did over do in the cheddar cheese department.

    I...

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    I was interested in finding out how to raise my HDL and this article was so informative.

    I had an idea but I just wanted to be sure.

    My LDL was a smidgeons high and that startled me so I wanted to make sure how to lower that.

    The healthy way and not with medication

    I do take good care but during the holidays I did over do in the cheddar cheese department.

    I just knew that is what happened

    And I certainly don't want to jeopardize my existing good health

    I certainly do not want to go onto medication for this issue.

    As suggested by my Doctor.

     

  • jimamily
    Aug. 11, 2010

    The two major types of cholesterol are HDL and LDL cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

     

    HDL

     

  • clark anderson
    Apr. 23, 2010

    Only a handful of publications have focused specifically on the definition of health and its evolution in the first 6 decades. Some of them highlight its lack of operational value and the problem created by use of the word "complete." Others declare the definition, which has not been modified since 1948, "simply a bad one

     

    Clark
    ccna
    USA

     

  • Anonymous
    alba
    Nov. 14, 2009

    You  can raise hdl naturally also  by...

     

    1- Eating foods tha  contain niacin

    2- Lifestyle changes

    3-Doing more  axerxise  and  massage

     

    For  more   you  can click here  to find out what food  and  diet  to  chose  to raise  hdl naturally.

     

  • Anonymous
    sam
    Oct. 19, 2009

    I have low HDL about 30 , LDL 125, Chorestrol 185, Trig 120. I have been exercising regularly for the past 3 months and eating healthy food but my HDL does not seems to increase or am I expecting results too quickly. I exercise 200 minutes per week which include cardio and weight. Any suggestion is appreciated. My doctor was recommending Niaspan which I like...

    RHMLucky777

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    I have low HDL about 30 , LDL 125, Chorestrol 185, Trig 120. I have been exercising regularly for the past 3 months and eating healthy food but my HDL does not seems to increase or am I expecting results too quickly. I exercise 200 minutes per week which include cardio and weight. Any suggestion is appreciated. My doctor was recommending Niaspan which I like to avoid. Thanks

    • Anonymous
      gaiusgracchus
      Feb. 25, 2010

      The weights are nice and promote health in various ways, but the cardio is the part that will help more with the cholesterol levels.   So they recommend minimum 20 mins of cardio, but better 40.   Low intensity works about as well as high for this purpose.

  • varakumar
    May. 01, 2009

    Hi,

    I'm 38. I've been taking alcohol for more than 12 years heavily. i tried to stop it gradually, but couldn't. I'm on aspirin 50 mg and atenlol 50 mg for the past 8 years. is it ok if I stop alcohol suddenly?

     

    regards

    • Anonymous
      Desertgirl
      May. 05, 2009

      I think it could cause some undesired and possibly serious problems stopping suddenly.  Would advise that you do so under a doctor's supervision, as they can provide meds that can help facilitate the process and guard against the dangers.  Hope this helps.

       

  • Anonymous
    Nick
    Mar. 17, 2009

    Thanks

  • Anonymous
    Nick
    Mar. 17, 2009

    After changing my diet to include more fat and protein and many fewer carbs and eliminating grains my HDL improved from 69 to 74 and my LDL went from 139 to 105 in two months.  So, I am now wondering what you recommend to lower LDL down to the target of 60?

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    Nov. 09, 2008

    Dr. Davis,

     

    I first heard about you on Jimmy Moore's site.  I really enjoyed the interview.  I'm currently waiting for some basic bloodwork to come back after which I'll be having an expanded panel run.  I've found more specific helpful information from you than just about anywhere else.  Thanks!

  • Sue
    Sue
    Nov. 09, 2008

    Great post Doctor.  I suspect many of our members will take a closer look at their approach and see if it can be altered to work like yours.

     

    All the best, sue

     

    For more information on Wheat Free Diet:


    Heart Disease - The Wheat-free FAQ

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    Great post Doctor.  I suspect many of our members will take a closer look at their approach and see if it can be altered to work like yours.

     

    All the best, sue

     

    For more information on Wheat Free Diet:


    Heart Disease - The Wheat-free FAQ

    Heart Disease - Heart Disease Diet: Do You Have a Wheat Belly?

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    Lorraine Russell
    Nov. 05, 2008

    Thanks for the great advice, Dr. Davis.  Yesterday I tried "Niaspan" for the first time and it made me feel as though I were coming down with the flu.  Now I'm going to look for "Sloniacin" and hope for better results!

    Lorraine Russell, a new member.  (I hope Dawn received my check for 39.95 to join the "Track Your Plaque" email program)

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