Low HDL cholesterol level or the scientific term (but unpronouncable word) hypoalphalipoproteinemia (HA) is a condition in which concentrations of HDL cholesterol are reduced. Low HDL levels are thought to be one of the main causes of heart disease.
In this article you will discover the major risk of Low HDL, real causes of Low HDL, the type of fats that causes such low levels, and finally how to increase low HDL levels naturally & safely.
At the end I will show how I raised my HDL levels by 13%. But first, let's find out what are the the numbers that show low HDL levels.
You should have higher than 40 mg/dL levels of HDL in order to stay protected from heart problems. A better number would be above 60 as that is protective of heart. And this is my level of HDL right now after increasing it by 13%.
Low levels of HDL cholesterol predisposes the development of atherosclerosis since HDL cannot clean LDL/Bad cholesterol and send it back to liver for further processing and elimination.
The bad LDL then builds up in arteries and leads to atherosclerosis - a condition in which the blood arteries become hard and thick due to accumulation of LDL or “bad” cholesterol over years.
Lower-than-normal HDL levels are directly related to higher incidence of heart disease as risk of heart attack increases 2% for every 1% decrease in HDL cholesterol.
Interestingly, about 58% heart disease patients have HDL cholesterol below the 10th percentile of normal values of HDL cholesterol levels.
Low HDL Cholesterol levels are frequently found in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). Research indicates that 58% of patients with CHD have high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels below the 10th percentile of normal values.
Causes known for low HDL cholesterol levels vary. The primary cause may be inherited (also called familial HDL deficiency).
Obesity, passive life-style, smoking, type-2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, very low-fat diet, severe liver disease, high triglyceride levels, use of certain medications like anabolic steroids, poor absorption of nutrients, and malnutrition are the common secondary causes of low levels of HDL.
A good diet control is a cornerstone of any effort to counter low HDL cholesterol levels. Regular consumption of diet rich in saturated fats not only raises your LDL or “bad” cholesterol but it also blocks the protective effects of your HDL cholesterol.
Saturated fats are detrimental to your overall health and cholesterol and should be avoided to keep healthy cholesterol levels. These fats are found mainly in meats and dairies.
Monosaturated fats however help to increase HDL levels. They are present in plant oils like olive, canola and peanut oils. These fats protect your HDL levels and help you in maintaining healthy cholesterol and should be preferred over saturated and trans fats.
First, to raise HDL levels you can eat foods that help increase HDL cholesterol like Olive oil, berries and cocoa.
Secondly, you can use proven supplements that increase HDL cholesterol like niacin and red yeast rice. Or you can take a proprietary supplement called Choleslo, which contains not only niacin and red yeast rice but also policosanol, guggul and garlic all these well know for their positive cholesterol effects. This supplement increased my HDL cholesterol by 13% and lowered my total cholesterol by 23% and LDL/Bad cholesterol by 32%.
You can find out more about Choleslo here.
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