I'm a 32 year old male. Non-smoker. Exercise 6 hours per week. No significant family history of heart disease. Five years ago my total cholesterol & LDL levels were high and my HDL was a wimpy 26. Since that time, I have changed my diet and started a vigorous excercise regimen. But for the past four years of working hard, I can't get my HDL over 38--although now my total cholesterol is 162, LDL is 110, and triglecerides are 100.
I wonder if my borderline low HDL warrants taking Niaspan or something else. Please advise.
Had MI at age 34. With an HDL of 19. Today 16 years later HDL is 44. A result of 1 hr daily cardio exercise, 2000 mgs of niacin, maintaining healthy diet, weight and lipitor. Each contributed some to the increase. If you can tollerate it. Take it. Just test blood every 3 months to watch liver functions. This is as high as it will get.
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