We remember it by first initials-L for lousy, H for healthy.
LDL cholesterol is short for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Exercising, losing even 10 pounds of weight, avoiding simple carbohydrates (avoid all white foods), and restricting saturated and trans fats to less than 20 grams a day will lower your LDL. You can lower the level of LDL cholesterol in several other ways, as well.
As you might guess, HDL cholesterol is short for high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. You want as high an HDL level possible-at least greater than 40. You can increase your HDL by consuming healthy fats-found in olive oil, fish, and walnuts-walking (or any physical activity) for 30 minutes a day, taking a newer statin (such as Lipitor or Crestor), and having a drink of alcohol every night (seven on Saturday night doesn't count). You can boost your level of HDL cholesterol in other ways, as well.
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