HDL % of Total Cholesterol

What Is It?

HDL stands for high density lipoprotein and is known as good cholesterol. HDL helps to remove cholesterol from the blood by taking it to the liver to be removed. A low level of circulating HDL can mean you are at a higher risk of a cardiovascular event.[1]

Which tests include this marker?

What Role Does It Have in The Body?

HDL has protective effects for the heart and blood vessels. It works like a scavenger by transporting excess cholesterol from the arteries to the liver. HDL is therefore a good biomarker for predicting cardiovascular risk.[2] 

How Does HDL Affect My Wellbeing?

You may not have any specific symptoms if your HDL levels are low. Instead, there may be some factors which put you at a greater risk of heart problems, including:

  • Smoking
  • A family history of stroke or heart disease
  • Having diabetes
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Being overweight
  • Having a close relative who has cholesterol problems
  • Having a family history of cardiovascular disease

How Can I Improve My Result?

A healthy lifestyle is a good way to keep your cholesterol levels under control. Exercise is a good way to increase your HDL levels. Giving up smoking, increasing your unsaturated fat intake and lowering your alcohol consumption are all beneficial to improving your HDL. 


Diet

You should try to incorporate more unsaturated fats into your diet. This type of fat is good for you and helps to reduce cholesterol levels. Some foods which are naturally high in unsaturated fats are:

  • Vegetable, nut and seed oils
  • Nuts
  • Oily fish
  • Avocado

If you need to snack, fill up on fruit and vegetables which are low in fat and full of nutrients. Keep your alcohol consumption low and within the recommended guidelines.

Exercise

Exercise is key to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels. You should exercise for at least 30 minutes per day, 5 times weekly to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce cholesterol levels.[3]

Tests that include this marker

Cholesterol Check

Track your levels of good and bad fat. Great for those embarking on a weight loss programme or for those who need to monitor high levels.

£39

Baseline

Tracking

Track & learn how to improve 16 of the most essential health markers that play a vital role in your wellbeing.

£59 per test

Baseline Plus

Tracking

Measure & track 20 key biomarkers including energy, fat, sugar, stress, inflammation and bone health.

£79£65
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Nutri-check

Is your diet supplying you with all the micronutrients your body needs? This nutrition test will identify any deficiencies.

£79

Menopause Health

For women in various stages of the menopause who want to check hormone levels as well as the impact changes may be having on their overall wellbeing.

£89

Body Fit

For those who enjoy keeping fit and want to optimise performance and check the impact their training is having on their health.

£89

Vitality

With over 45 biomarkers, this health check empowers you to gain a deep understanding about your inside health.

£139

Ultimate

Our most advanced health check which analyses over 50 biomarkers. For those who want a deep understanding of their health.

£349

References

[1] Rohatgi, A., Khera, A and Berry, J, D et al. (2014). HDL Cholesterol Efflux Capacity and Incident Cardiovascular Events. The New England Journal of Medicine: 371, pp 2383-2393.

[2] Rader, D, J and Hovingh, G, K. (2014). HDL and Cardiovascular Disease. The Lancet: 384, pp 618-625

[3] Mann, S., Beedie, C and Jimenez, A. (2013). Differential Effects of Aerobic Exercise, Resistance Training and Combined Exercise Modalities on Cholesterol and the Lipid Profile: Review, Synthesis and Recommendations. Sports Med: 44, pp 211-221.


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