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HDL – Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance in the cells of your body. The liver produces cholesterol, which can also be found in foods like dairy products and meat. Several body processes require some cholesterol, but excess cholesterol in the blood increases the risk of coronary artery disease.

What are LDL and HDL?

LDL and HDL are lipoproteins – a combination of protein and fat (lipid). The lipids are attached to proteins to enable their movement in the blood. LDL and HDL have varying purposes.

How can I check my HDL level?

A blood test can measure your cholesterol levels, including HDL. How often and when you need the test will depend on your risk factors, family history and age. The general recommendations include the following:

Age 19 or younger

Age 20 or older

Normal HDL level

Higher HDL levels are better because a high HDL level can reduce your risk of developing coronary artery disease and stroke. The level of your HDL will depend on your sex and age.

Age group Healthy HDL level
Age 19 or younger Above 45mg/dl
Men – aged 20 or older Above 40mg/dl
Women – aged 20 or older Above 50mg/dl

How can I increase my HDL level?

If you have a low HDL level, certain lifestyle changes can help. These lifestyle changes may also prevent other diseases and improve your overall health.

What other factors affect HDL levels?

Some medicines can lower HDL levels. These medicines include:

If you are taking any of the medications above and your HDL level is very low, consult your provider if you should continue the medication.

Diabetes can also reduce your HDL level, so managing diabetes is important.

If you are concerned about low HDL levels and need a blood test to check your HDL level, visit Health Screening Clinic today at Suite E, 117a Harley St, Marylebone, London W1G 6AT. You can contact us at 02071830244 to schedule an appointment for your cholesterol test, including an HDL level test.