High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is commonly called "good" cholesterol. Unlike other cholesterol levels, the HDL cholesterol test result is best if it is high. Elevated HDL cholesterol is associated with decreased risk of heart disease. A low level of HDL cholesterol can be associated with increased risk for heart disease. Genetic factors or conditions including liver disease, malnutrition, or hyperthyroidism may decrease HDL cholesterol levels. Smoking and drinking alcohol may also decrease your HDL cholesterol level.
How to IMPROVE
Try adding almonds or walnuts to hot or cold cereal for extra crunch and some healthy fat.
Choose a margarine or spread without hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils. Remember to double-check the ingredients list.
Did you know that exercise is associated with healthy HDL cholesterol levels? The more you exercise, the better your HDL cholesterol.