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How can I raise my “good” (HDL) cholesterol?

The best way to raise your "good" cholesterol (HDL) is through exercise. To lower triglycerides, aim for a diet low in saturated fat; low in cholesterol; and limited added sugars, such as cakes, cookies, regular soda, jelly and other culprits. Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains; and reduce your protein intake to 6 ounces a day. Just decreasing portions in general should help.

Based on the information you gave me, I calculate a daily caloric intake of 1,600-1,800 would help produce a weekly 1-to 2-pound weight loss. Most of the calories should come from whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Choose heart healthier fats such as olive oil or canola oil, and butter sprays.

See if your insurance covers a visit with an outpatient registered dietitian, so you can get specific help. Review the nutrition counseling services at:

BJC dietitians also can be located by calling Help For Your Health at 314.747.7234.

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