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Raising Good Cholesterol

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)
  • Estrogen.
(Click Raising HDL for more information on how to increase good cholesterol; see Cholesterol Medications for more information on these cholesterol-lowering drugs.)
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