Hyperlipidemia: Treatment Options For Raising HDL Cholesterol

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Hyperlipidemia is also known as high cholesterol. It can be caused by obesity, smoking, an unhealthy diet, genetics, family history, and even certain medications. Raising a type of cholesterol known as high-density lipoproteins (HDLs) can lower your risk for heart disease, as they are also called "good cholesterol." Here are some treatment options your nutritional counselor or physician may recommend that may improve your HDL cholesterol profile.

Eat More Healthy Fats

Consuming foods high in healthy fats such as monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids can help raise your levels of high-density lipoproteins. Monounsaturated fats can be found in foods such as avocados, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, and eggs. Omega-3 fatty acids are also healthy fats that can raise your high-density lipoprotein level while decreasing bad cholesterol, also called low-density lipoproteins or LDLs.

Omega-3 fatty acids are abundant in fresh fish such as salmon, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and tuna. Eating more foods high in monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids not only helps raise your HDL cholesterol, but may also help decrease inflammation, improve your blood glucose levels, and promote healthy weight loss, which may also have a favorable effect on your HDL cholesterol. Before starting a new weight loss regimen or incorporating large amounts of new foods into your diet, talk to your healthcare provider or nutritional counselor.

Do Aerobic Exercise

It is thought that aerobic exercise can raise blood levels of high-density lipoproteins. Aerobic exercises such as jogging, jumping rope, swimming, and bicycle riding help keep your cardiovascular system healthy by strengthening your heart muscle, enhancing circulation, and keeping your cholesterol levels within a healthy range. If you are not used to aerobic exercise, start out by doing only a few minutes a day until you build up your strength.

Always check with your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise routine. Furthermore, if you smoke, try quitting prior to starting your aerobic regimen. Smoking cessation will help improve your breathing so that you can perform your exercises better. Smoking can also raise your LDL "bad cholesterol" levels, which can heighten your risk for a heart attack. If you cannot quit smoking on your own, your doctor can refer you to a smoking cessation counselor at a community health center who will help you kick the habit.

If you have hyperlipidemia, consider the above interventions and then make an appointment with your healthcare provider. After a complete examination which may include a blood lipid profile, a treatment plan will be recommended for raising your HDL cholesterol levels.

If you need the help of a counselor, make an appointment with one in your area. 


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