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I have noticed that when my ldd and trigs drop, my hdl also drops. I've noticed that other posters show the same thing. How can we stop hdl from dropping when lowering cholesterol? Can this be don?

I admit that i know very little about this matter. My good cholesterol Hdl was as high as 65, but then my bad cholesterol, ldl was 212 or something high.

Please help me to understand if i can lower my ldl, trigs and tc without lowering my hdl. Thanks.
Niacin therapy typically increases HDL while lowering LDL and trigs. That's why some doctors are now combining niacin therapy with a statin. I think there is one prescription med out now which combines the two.

Niacin therapy alone does a better job of raising HDL than with lowering LDL, so it may not work for those who have very high LDL. However, my LDL's have been as high as 275, and I got it down to 101 with a combination of diet and niacin.

See my thread about my blood test results for more details.
Besides taking pills, are these methods of raising HDL worth mentioning?

Food dos: garlic & raw onions, foods high in soluble fiber, monounsaturated fats such as canola or olive oil; omega-3 fatty acids such as found in fish, dark green vegetables, cold-pressed flaxseed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, canola oil; soy products such as tofu, tempeh & TVP.

Food Doníts: transfatty acids, hydrogenated shortening and the prepared food products that contain them; refined carbohydrates such as sugar and refined flour;

Lose weight.

Engage in regular aerobic exercise.

If you smoke, stop.

If youíre so inclined have a glass of wine or a drink each day.

Donít eat an extremely low-fat diet. Instead avoid saturated fats and trans fats and substitute mono- and polyunsaturated fats instead.
According to studies by Dr. Dean Ornish and others, when LDL is at a nice low level, then high HDL is really not necessary.

HDL goes high in order to remove the LDL from your blood. Their analogy is: Think of LDL as garbage, and HDL as garbage trucks. Thus, the less garbage (LDL) in your blood, the less garbage trucks(HDL) needed to clear the garbage(LDL) from your bloodstream.

So, with a nice low LDL, don't confuse a risk factor (low HDL) for disease. HIgh HDL is need when LDL is high.....but when you have your LDL at a nice low level, there is no progression of plaque buildup, so therefore, lots of HDL is not necessary.





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