Originally Posted by phreddy1962
I am a 41 yo female who has had these results after 3 months of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and 20 mg Lipitor daily:
TC 215 116
HDL 41 44
LDL 155 55
TG ? 81
Has anyone had success raising HDL levels?
Yes, I took mine from 25 mg/dL to 70 mg/dL. In January 2002, I was on about 7 prescrip meds my TC: 170, LDL: 114, HDL: 25, TG: 155. By August 2002, I had dropped 40 lbs, was walking and my profile was TC: 96, LDL: 44, HDL: 36, TG: 82. After I started running and reaching ideal weight 30 lbs lower in April 2003 at 155 lbs, my TC:143, LDL: 67, HDL: 70, TG:31.
You will see that when I first did my changes to my lifestyle, my cholesterol profile changed similar to yours. A huge drop in total cholesterol (mine hit 96 mg/dL), while HDL stayed about the same. Whatever you are doing is right
You took your TC to about half of what it once was and your TG dropped from about 95 to 81, while you kept you elevated slightly your HDL. That's partly due to exercise.
What can you expect? Well, I have a feeling that if you can start to increase the exercise level that you do daily (for example, I run 3 miles daily...about 24 min of time), then your HDL will climb up. The way I ended up with an HDL>LDL had to do partly with the running, and partly with upping the fats in my diet--I will try to explain below.
The thing to keep in mind is that on a low fat diet, you won't have as high HDL, but you won't have a high LDL either based on what I see of your numbers. If you keep up the exercise and up your dietary fat, I would expect your LDL and HDL to go up, but your ratio would still remain fine. There is a linkage between the exercise increasing the lipoprotein lipase, which results in higher HDL values as you increase the dietary fat, and the more trained your muscles are, the larger the HDL increase. That doesn't mean that we should all go out, run marathons, and eat huge amounts of fat--that won't make one healthier either.
I should mention, since you are working on DASH, that I had 3 hypertension meds before I started my lifestyle change. I no longer take any prescription meds and provided I keep up the exercise and keep my weight < 170 lbs, my bp stays below 120/80. At my current weight of 160 lbs, I average around 100-110/60-70.