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Re: Low HDL
May 21, 2004
You will probably get more suggestions from others, but the things that helped raise mine up were:

1. Exercise at a higher level than just walking. Walking (plus other factors below) took my HDL from 25 to 44 mg/dL. Running just over 20 min daily took it from 44 mg/dL to 60+ mg/dL.

2. If you have extra weight, lose it. This will benefit your TG level also.

3. Examine your diet. Your TG are elevated, which could be from excess weight or could be from a high level of carbohydrates in your diet.

4. Add fish oil and fish to your diet. EPA and DHA have been shown to be beneficial to lipid profiles.

5. Niacin (especially high doses, prescribed) do a fantastic job of raising HDL if you can withstand the flushing and if your hepatic panel doesn't show irregularities.

6. Cessation of tobacco use also will help (if you are a tobacco user).

7. If your diet contains a good amount of polyunsaturated fats, that will reduce the LDL and HDL. If you try to shift those to monounsaturated fats and keep your saturated fat intake at the same level, your LDL will stay the same (in theory) and your HDL should come up a bit.

With your low HDL and elevated TG, you won't to watch out for other risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome and the onset of type II diabetes.

If you were to be able to bring your TG down to 100 mg/dL and your other values did not budge, then you would be in the minimal risk category (<150 mg/dL total) regardless of your HDL level. However, its more complex than that so I would expect that a reduction in TG would also drop the LDL down a bit and your HDL might come up a bit.
Re: Low HDL
May 21, 2004
[QUOTE=NineLives]Yes, I was going to mention red wine too. When I've posted questions about the red wine some people say you can get the same effect just from eating the grapes. It's not near as relaxing though. I've started drinking red wine on occasion. Will let you all know if I have a big increase in my HDL. Mine is about 45 now.

Also blueberries, and avocados supposedly help boost HDL's.[/QUOTE]

Long term aerobic least 30 min/day.. will raise your HDL, but it may take at least 6 months. I raised mine from 40 to 60.
Re: Low HDL
May 23, 2004
[QUOTE=zip2play]Please add a fish oil to your REALLY perks up the HDL's.
I got mine from 28 to 35 with Lipitor but then to 58 with the addition of fish oil and lecithin.

For me, excercise, monosaturated oils, red-wine, gin :D , weight loss...all nice, but ZERO effect on HDL's, but the Fish Oil-Lecithin regimen worked wonders.[/QUOTE]

My experience with fish oil (I take it daily..2.4 gms liquid) only showed signifiant triglyceride lowering (from 187 to 100) with NO effect on my HDL at all (60 before starting and still holding at 60).
Re: Low HDL
May 23, 2004
[QUOTE=rahod]My experience with fish oil (I take it daily..2.4 gms liquid) only showed signifiant triglyceride lowering (from 187 to 100) with NO effect on my HDL at all (60 before starting and still holding at 60).[/QUOTE]

Found this:

Fish oils and cholesterol
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. Dr. William S. Harris of the Mid America Heart Institute has released a comprehensive study of the results of 68 major clinical trials aimed at determining the effects of fish oil supplementation on cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The studies included over 2800 participants, lasted from 2 to 52 weeks, and involved supplementation with around 10 grams/day of fish oils. The participants received either fish oil or placebo (mostly olive oil) and included people with normal as well as people with elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Based on the results of the studies Dr. Harris concludes that fish oil supplementation lowers blood levels of triglycerides by about 25-30%; he points out that this is equivalent to the effect obtained by taking the drug gemfibrozil. Fish oils tend to increase the levels of low-density cholesterol (LDL) by about 5-10%, but has little effect on high-density cholesterol (HDL) levels. Overall cholesterol levels are not affected by fish oil supplementation. Dr. Harris emphasizes that the triglyceride-reducing effect is unique to long-chain omega-3 acids found in fish oils. The shorter chain omega-3 oil, alpha-linolenic acid (found in flax seed oil) has no effect on triglyceride or cholesterol levels.
Harris, William S. n-3 fatty acids and serum lipoproteins: human studies. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 65 (suppl), 1997, pp. 1645S-54S [83 references]

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