But low cholesterol is good, right?
August 20, 2010 6:45 AM Subscribe
What should I do about a reported low HDL and high LDL/HDL ratio?
exercise more : I've been exercising a few days a week since April.
At a wellness screening at work yesterday I was in the normal or acceptable range for body fat %, fasting glucose, and LDL (181), but my HDL was a very low 18, making my LDL/HDL ratio basically a 10 a region of high risk. In doing the standard internet searching about how to deal with a low HDL, I haven't found much that seems useful. Things I've found include
lose weight : At 20% body fat I'm working on this, but I'm in a 'acceptable range'.
Quit smoking: I've never smoked.
Eat more fiber: I've been on a mostly vegetarian diet for the past few years, and have been having oat filled granola for breakfast for the past month.
Eat less trans-fats: This is trickier since I haven't been paying attention to trans fats, but a quick survey of package goods in my house has none show up. At home I don't eat many pre-packaged foods. I do eat out a lot, so I probably can do something here.
which leaves me with
Drink 1-3 servings alcohol a day: This conflicts with my weight loss goal since I'd rather have non-empty calories, but, I could do this... My average alcohol intake is somewhere from 1-3 a week, not a day at this point.
Most of the cholesterol info I could find was about reducing your totals, not increasing your HDL. Is there anything obvious I'm missing above? Or am I perhaps discounting the efficacy of a further change above? Or is this something that a healthy 32 year old doesn't need to worry about much, and just get retested again in a few months?
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