Does exercise increase HDL levels?

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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 01, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I recently had blood work done and it seems like the ratios are alright, but the overall cholesterol is a little high and I noticed that the HDL is high as well. Does cardio exercise tend to increase HDL levels?

Total: 209 Triglyceride: 89 HDL: 83 LDL: 108

2771 · July 02, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Do what I did. Fire your doctor.

20 · July 01, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Yes actually... My doctor said that the cholesterol was high and that I should focus on eating a 'low fat' diet and get re-tested in about 1 year.

2771 · July 01, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Excellent numbers! The concept of >200 total cholesterol as being bad is so inaccurate. Studies show that total levels between 200 and 240 have the lowest all cause mortality rate. This just measures what's floating around your blood and may or may not have any bearing on what's sticking, since those numbers don't indicate particle size or oxidation of those particles. Eating less sugar/refined carbs=less damage to arteries=less cholesterol sticking to them.

19170 · July 01, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Those are pretty great cholesterol levels, by the way. Did your doctor actually say that these were "high"?

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455 · July 01, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Yes. My HDL went up considerably after adopting a cardio routine.

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