How to Reduce HDL Cholesterol

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Reducing your HDL cholesterol is a great way to stay healthy as a diabetic. Learn how to reduce HDL cholesterol with help from an expert in the medical field in this free video clip.

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My name is Dwan Kelsy, and I'm a Nurse Practitioner with wellLife, a diabetes clinic and educational resource center located in Raleigh, North Carolina and we will be discussing how to increase HDL cholesterol. Let's start by defining LDL and HDL and one way to remember or to differentiate the two is LDL the L can actually stand for lousy is usually considered the "bad cholesterol" and then HDL the H can stand for healthy typically called the good cholesterol. So with a patient that has diabetes we want that LDL to be less than 100 and we want that HDL to be greater than 40. Now there are ways that we can actually lower the LDL and raise the HDL but typically with foods and medications and we have a lot of the medications that are out there the statins that have done a phenomenal job in lowering LDL and raising HDL but food-wise we can increase fiber, increasing the amount of fiber that we're eating to about 25, 35 grams of fiber per day and we get our fibers from green leafy vegetables. We get our fibers from brown things like our brown rice, wheat pasta, multi grain breads. This is where we get our fiber from. Another way to decrease LDL and raise HDL effectively is actually through exercise, an aerobic exercise so if you allow 30 minutes of any type of aerobic exercise whether it's walking, jogging, swimming whatever, then that will help to decrease the LDL and increase the HDL. That was basic information. Make sure to consult with your health care provider.

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