How can I can I raise the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) level In my body?
Not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a healthy diet can help you raise the high-density lipoprotein levels in your body. Dr. Curtis Mann explains how you can raise HDL levels in your body in this Ask the Experts video.
CURTIS MANN: Genetics plays a huge part of this. So we see people that happen to have HDL, and fortunately they're just blessed with good genes.
And that really is the best way to have a high HDL is to have the correct genetic code,
but unfortunately there's few of us that can manipulate that if any of us. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Increasing HDL, there are some things we can do. First thing we wanna do is look at lifestyle.
If somebody is a smoker, not smoking is gonna increase that HDL. If somebody is overweight, or if they're obese decreasing weight
is gonna be able to increase that HDL. Also looking at diets, so decreasing saturated fats,
increasing monounsaturated fats, those are going to be a couple of things that are gonna be able to increase that HDL.
Exercise is important, too, and then also if there are certain medications that you're taking maybe like beta blockers, which are primarily for high blood
pressure or heart disease, benzodiazepines, which is an anti-anxiety medicine,
or androgens like testosterone. All those can potentially decrease the HDL. So looking at certain medications
and seeing if you need to be on those or if there's a substitute that might also increase your HDL. [AUDIO LOGO]
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