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High Cholesterol Message Board

High Cholesterol Board Index

While lowering carbohydrates (particularly sugars) tends to help lower triglyceride levels (though it seems to not help that much in your case), the types of fats you consume can have a significant effect on your LDL and HDL levels.

Trans fats from hydrogenated oils common in processed food and margarine: raise LDL and lower HDL. Avoid!
Saturated fats from red meat, dairy products, coconut oil, palm oil: raise LDL and HDL (but typically LDL more). If you have an LDL problem, minimize (choose the leanest red meats and skim dairy products.
Unsaturated fats from fish, nuts, avocados, and non-hydrogenated vegetable oils other than coconut and palm oil: lower LDL. Polyunsaturated fats may lower HDL more than monounsaturated fats, so monounsaturated fats may be preferable.

Regarding the low HDL, increasing exercise is generally considered the best way to raise it. Small amounts of alcohol may also raise HDL, but alcohol also raises triglycerides.

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