HDL -- short for high density lipoprotein -- is commonly referred to as "good" cholesterol. This is because HDL helps remove excess "bad" cholesterol from the blood, which in turn helps keep cholesterol from building up in the walls of the arteries.
The higher your HDL cholesterol level, the better off you are. Some of the lifestyle changes that can help raise it include:
- Quitting smoking
- Losing weight.
If lifestyle changes aren't enough to bring your HDL to a healthy level, certain medications can also help.