Dear Sigmachi: I am 72 years old and have had low HDL since they started testing it probably 45 years ago. I tried to increase it but I think I got to forty once about 10 years ago and I wonder it that wasn't an incorrect testing.. It usually ran 26-32. However, I did start exercising and eating healthy and my other cholesterol numbers are very good. I have also found over the years, that eating about 1/2 of a small avocado daily helps lots. It increased my HDL by 10-12 points after about 2 months. Also, my cardiologist told me that as long as my other Cholesterol numbers are good, low HDL is really not much of a problem. I had a heart catheritization about 2 years ago at 70 and they found less than 20% blockage in two heart valves...and they said that was no problem at all... so my suggestion is: I would make a point of eating healthy (lots of fruits, veggies and whole grains with some baked or broiled fish, chicken or turkey) and I would start an exercise program. I started walking about 35 years ago and walk one hour each morning and one hour each evening...( usually 8-10 miles daily).. anyway this is what has worked for me..My diet and exercise program also keeps my BMI numbers in good shape and I really love living this way once I became accustomed to it..its great. Hope this helps Claytex
I know that in the UK researchers are pushing for statins to be prescribed to virtually all ages to give people a head start preventing heart disease. I heard one cardiologist say how atherosclerosis starts early, in many teenagers. I guess until society becomes an easier and happier place to live in, any measures would be beneficial. If you are worried about anything, I would have a chat with your Doctor about it because they are connected to all latest research results.
Exercise will increase your HDL, get your doctor's advise on a good cardio program to increase your HDL. Also, fish out helps so find a good fish oil made from cold water fish and gives you at least 600 MG of Omega 3s per day. Make sure you run it past your doctor as well.