Does a high level of the good cholesterol (also known as HDL) protect against heart disease? Average HDL levels are 45 mg/dL (1.2 mmol/L) in men and 55 mg/dL (1.4 mmol/L) in women. Our latest research provides good news for good cholesterol. In the new study, we identified genetic changes associated with very high HDL (greater than 100 mg/dL or 2.6 mmol/L) that was linked to longevity and excellent overall health.
Want to raise your HDL…try these 3 things:
- Exercise: Aim to burn a minimum of 1200 calories per week and HDL levels may increase 10-20%.
- Weight loss: For each 10 lbs of weight loss, HDL increases ~5%.
- Have a drink or 2:Moderate alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks/day) raises HDL 15%. Dr. Michael Miller is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine-check out his latest book: “Heal Your Heart: The Positive Emotions Prescription to Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease“