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Yes when you reduce the fat in your diet both the HDL and LDL will tend to go down.
You would prefer to have more LDL lowering than HDL though.
You might try adding some Niacin if you wish whicch would tend to help raise the HDL ("good" cholesterol)
yes I would like the HDL to raise. my daughter is in nursing school and works cardiac rehab/ exercise specialist but wasn't sure about this particular matter. the TC/HDL ratio was 3.2 to 4.2 says at low risk what does this mean?
I go back in 6 months
Yes you benefit from the higher HDL as this helps to clear plaque deposits from arteries while LDL tends to cause plaque deposits.
Exercise benefits HDL, some alcohol in moderation as well as Niacin are factors which benefit the HDL fraction.
The HDL drop may also be in part be related to your age and menopause.
The previous ratio of 3.2 was actually better than the latter one of 4.2.
In the absence of risk factors you would like to get your LDL below 130 but the higher you keep the HDL is generally better.
menopause 6 years past Hystorectomy. thank you for taking the time to answer my questions
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