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Is a low HDL a cardiac risk?
A healthy diet will go a long way to raise your HDL since you already exercise a lot and seem healthy otherwise. HDL removes excess cholesterol in the blood. A Low HDL (less than 40 mg/dL for men, less than 50 mg/dL for women) puts you at higher risk for atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease. Smoking, obesity and lack of exercise can all result in lower HDL cholesterol. HDL functions by removing the excess cholesterol from your blood.Low HDL levels are also associated with:
- Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
- High triglyceride levels
- Lack of exercise
- Your Genes
- Medications such as anabolic steroids
- Poor diet, especially if high in carbohydrates
You can read more about cholesterol here:
About the risks of HDL:
A heart healthy lifestyle:
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You can calculate your risk for heart disease and stroke here:
Hope this helps,
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