DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE
Topic: Heart Attack Prevention
In estimating risk of heart attacks, every HDL point below normal is worth about 4 LDL points that is high. Average normal HDL for adult men is 45, for women is 55. At an HDL level of 30, this viewer is 15 points below average for a man--quite a low number.
Measures to raise the HDL include losing excess weight, achieving and maintaining ideal body weight, exercising regularly, quitting cigarettes, taking medications (under doctor supervision) like niacin, gemfibrozil (lopid), or a statin such as Lipitor, Pravachol, Zocor, or Mevacor.
I have a rule of fives as an approximate guide to raising HDL: