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My LDL = 89; my HDL = 30 amd my Triglycerides = 76: I take

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My LDL = 89; my HDL = 30 amd my Triglycerides = 76: I take 20MG of Simvastatin daily and have for years. I'm concerned about the low HDL level.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 2 years ago.
Answers provided are for informational use only and don't confer patient-provider relationship. My name is***** and I will whatever I can to help you.
An HDL level of 30 for a man is quite low. Most men average about 45 and 60 is considered optimum.
Low HDL can be improved with vigorous exercise for 30 to 60 minutes per day most days of the week. Maintaining an ideal body weight and not using tobacco are also excellent ways to improve low HDL. You should also avoid saturated and trans fats, and limit alcohol intake. Whole grains, nuts, plant sterols (Benecol, Promise Activ), and omega-3-fatty acids (fatty fish like salmon at least twice a week, fish oil capsules) can also help.
If lifestyle changes don't improve the number in about 3 to 6 months, then your medical provider can prescribe some medications. There are several types that can help including niacin and gemfibrozil, although caution must be used with fibrates when you are also taking simvastatin.
Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.
All the best,