Good Cholesterol (HDL Cholesterol)

By shoulders Latest Reply 2011-11-16 04:38:39 -0600
Started 2011-09-12 19:20:34 -0500

Good cholesterol (HDL Cholesterol) helps remove extra cholesterol from the body.When your Good Colesterol is higher, your chances of heart disease is lower. If your good cholesterol is 60 or higher, then that helps protect against heart attacks and strokes.

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fatherofnard 2011-11-16 04:38:39 -0600 Report

hello everyone,
Just got out of a 3 day stay at the hospital with some heart concerns. Everything turned out ok on the heart. The erraticbeating stems rom my untreated sleep apnea. However the hospital doctor noted and was concerned about my HDL. It was a 24 and all my bad cholestrol was in the normal\acceptable range. I dont get to see my PCP or cardiologist until Nov. 30th. What can i do at home to raise my HDL? Also what should it be? He said 30 or more but online @ this mayo clinic article i read, it said 60 or more? I am 37 yr old male.

tankmom 2011-09-13 21:35:58 -0500 Report

You seem to explain the cholesterol so well. I still can't keep the goof from the bad straight. I am pretty sure the HDL is healthy and the LDL is lousy, right? That is the best I can do. I go Friday to find out how I did over the last 6 months, I never had to worry about high cholesterol. I was told about 6 years ago it was so good my GP told me I could eat just about anything, but then retracted it when I told him I was going to go to a fast food place for lunch. Anyway, my numbers creeped the wrong way over the last 2 to 3 years and the numbers were not in the range that a cardiologist wanted to see them, so he started me on a statin, but the numbers were still out of wack, so he took me off the statin and this is the report card due week. Hope the numbers are better this time. I have put a lot of effort into eating better. He mentioned something about the triglycerides also, but I don't recall what, but he did ask me if I exercised, which I do work out 3 times per week, but have missed a whole month because of a month. I am trying to put in as much effort with working out to try and make up but the blood was drawn today. Keeping my fingers crossed I pass the test. I feel like I am back in school waiting to get my report card. Thanks berrykin for the posts.

HeartHawk 2011-09-13 21:50:52 -0500 Report


If you post your numbers (LDL, HDL, TGs and any others you have like Lp(a), Small LDL, etc.) I can give you the latest scientific info on what they REALLY mean!


berrykins0 2011-09-13 14:21:34 -0500 Report

mine ranges between 39 and 45. i have no problems keeping the others low so i was told not to worry to much about it. its not like to donet eat healthy and get enough exersise. just the way my body is.

HeartHawk 2011-09-13 21:53:09 -0500 Report


45 is considered low for women but, of course, it has more to do with ratio of HDL to LDL and a number of other factors. This is a great discussion. Would you be willing to post your lipid numbers (tankmom too)?