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HDL stands for “high density lipoprotein,” and HDL is known as the "good" cholesterol. HDL's job is to remove excess cholesterol from the bloodstream and carry it back to the liver, where it can be used as needed or leave the body in the form of bile acids. High HDL levels generally reflect a lower risk of heart disease. Although HDL levels are strongly influenced by your genes, several lifestyle factors also play a role, and even small changes to your daily habits can help you meet your HDL target.
To increase HDL: Don't smoke; reduce intake of carbohydrates and increase intake of healthy fats; maintain a healthy weight; and be physically active on a regular basis.
Originally answered by Liz Quintana, RD, CDE; edited by Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.
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