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From: Dr. Neal Pinckney (
Subject:         Raising HDL (Re: Some types of HDL better than others)
Date: January 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm PST

In Reply to: Some types of HDL better than others. posted by Jack in OH on January 16, 2011 at 10:39 am:

We've been stressing for over 16 years now that HDL is not the most important item to watch to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

To raise HDL and keep it high

  • Exercise daily: at least 45 minutes of aerobic exercise (walking, swimming, bicycling, etc.) at a rate that keeps the heart beating faster than normal
  • Avoiding fats, especially saturated and trans fats † (for reversal, not more than 1 gram of any fat per 100 calories; for a prevention diet 2 grams)
  • Maintaining your BMI (body mass index) in the healthy range † (keeping weight under control)
  • Avoiding smoke; not just your own, but the second-hand smoke of others
Many people become frustrated when they lower their total cholesterol and find that their HDL has gone down. But that's natural, the body makes HDL to take out the plaque producing elements, so when total cholesterol is lowered, it doesn't need to make as much HDL. In fact, there are no good studies that reveal what a good HDL level is for people who maintain a total cholesterol level below the "heart attack-proof number of 150 (3.9mm/L).

Keeping LDL (the stuff that puts the plaque in your arteries) down is as important as keeping HDL at aafe level.

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