• 4 months ago

    Need to raise HDL

    Male, 54, 5'7", 145 lbs, great health. Resting pulse around 60. I exercise vigorously, eat a high fiber, low fat diet, and have no known medical conditions. I don't drink, smoke, or take any drugs or medications, with the exception of occasional headache medicine, or very occasional laxative, and such. My colonoscopy at age 50 was clean. My LDL is in a good range, but doctor says I need to raise my HDL, and that I should do aerobic exercise to do so, which is a joke, because I exercise vigorously, including chopping wood. I have recently increased some good fats in my diet, like adding peanut butter, flax seeds, 2 eggs a day, and nuts. I don't eat meat every day--just some days, because I enjoy my low fat, high fiber diet.

    Should I be concerned? Any advice? I'm not going to start drinking olive oil.

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  • 4 months ago

    RE: Need to raise HDL

    Hi:

    No advice, just some good general info here. :)

    Raisng Your HDL Levels

    http://heartdisease.about.com/cs/cholesterol/a/raiseHDL.htm

    How to Raise HDL cholesterol, Raising HDL Cholesterol.

    http://www.fatfreekitchen.com/cholesterol/raise-hdl-cholesterol.html

    Fish Oil to Increase HDL

    Using fish oil to increase HDL levels has not been proven effective.

    http://cholesterol.emedtv.com/hdl/fish-oil-to-increase-hdl.html


    Take care,

    CardioStar*

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      • 4 months ago
        I do everything listed as a matter of lifestyle, with the exception that I eat a low fat diet, but a couple of weeks before the physical I started increasing my fat intake because I chop wood, and I added things like eggs, yogurt, and more fish, to build more muscle.

        I guess the only answer is to forget about low fat and eat more fat (the good kinds).
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Need to raise HDL

    I believe the answer to your problem is contained in this research article. Get rid of the low-fat lunacy and watch that fungus brain shine: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC296399/
      • 4 months ago
        Thanks. That's the conclusion I came to--great health plus low HDL, on low fat diet when the fat is the source of the HDL told me that I need some more fat--that's why I increased my fat intake with good fats. Why couldn't the doctor just tell me eat more fat and which kinds? They said exercise more when I already wrote down my vigorous exercise routine for them.
      • 3 months ago
        When I recommended that article, should mentioned that I had had a similar problem. After researching the problem, I started eating an avocado a day, as a protein smoothie with thirty grams of protein from whey protein. It tastes good with abut a tablespoon of lime juice and enough ice water to make a 12 ounce drink. If avocados are not available, I use 1 and 1/2 oz. avocado oil. and cocoa to make a chocolate protein smoothie.
      • 3 months ago
        You didn't say how that dietary change affected your cholesterol numbers.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Need to raise HDL

    Time to get a new doctor.
  • 3 months ago