There are several ways for people to improve their good cholesterol. Lifestyle changes that are known to increase good cholesterol include:
- Quitting smoking
- Losing weight
- Getting moderate exercise
- Moderate alcohol use, especially red wine.
Certain medications can also raise good cholesterol levels, including:
- Cholesterol medications (such as statins, fibrates, and nicotinic acid)
(Click Raising HDL for more information on how to increase good cholesterol; see Cholesterol Medications for more information on these cholesterol-lowering drugs.)