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[QUOTE=Interesting Ian;3223969]Just had the results of my blood test. I was told I had abnormal serum lipids. I'm guessing that might refer to the fact my LDL cholesterol is 3.5 mmol/l and my HDL is 0.92 mmol/l and my total cholesteral is 5.8 mmol/l (sorry but I don't know how that translates into USA units).


If my HDL level is less than 1 than this is abnormal.

And I've got high total cholesterol at 5.8 mmol/l which should be less than 5.2 (although UK average is 5.8)

OK, going to telephone my doctor tomorrow but would like some additional advice.

I go running all the time, typically 6 miles about 5 times a week. Might this be contributing to my abnormally low HDL level?

What can I do to increase my HDL level without also increasing the LDL level? I eat loads of fish and don't consume all that much saturated fats. Mind you I don't consume much polyunsaturated fats either. I normally have olive oil or rapeseed oil which are both high in monounsaturates.

So can't think what I can do in terms of diet. I was thinking of going on much shorter runs if that would help? What do people think?[/QUOTE]

If you are running purely for health then it wouldn't be a bad idea to cut back your runs to 2-3 miles. From what I've read that seems to be the cut off for positive benifits. If you really enjoy running or do it for competition training then you might do a little research and see if some supplements might be helpful since your putting extra stress on your body. I do not believe the running is the cause of your slightly low HDL.

I have noticed that there seems to be a connection between TGs and HDL levels. If you can get your TGs below 60 mg/dl which I think is approximatly .7 mm0l/L your HDL will improve. In my experience reducing the fats didn't improve my overall numbers. Everything did go down including my already low HDL. When I cut back the carbs and ate a moderate level of fat the LDL went down, TGs dropped a lot and I got a 25% increase in the HDL.

There is also growing evidence the HDL can be significantly impacted by your vitamin D levels. Some people still have very low levels even when they recieve significant amounts of sunshine. If you do not live in a sunny area or supplement with D3 I would bet your levels are low. If you can have your levels checked I would recommend it. If these methods fail to raise the HDL to your satisfaction then I would take a look at using niacin.

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