Yes, there is good cholesterol.
Good cholesterol, HDL (high-density lipoprotein) , helps shuttle artery-clogging LDL to the liver for removal from the body.
There are a few ways to increase HDL.
- Exercising daily (even walking 10,000 steps per day counts) and muscle-building workouts (like lifting soup cans during commercial breaks) two to three times a week.
- Eating heart-healthy oils and fish.
- Eating an ounce of nuts—daily and unsalted.
- To a smaller degree, certain statin drugs may also modestly increase HDL (namely rosuvastatin and atorvastatin).
If you don’t know what your cholesterol panel shows (the good, the bad and the ugly!), ask your doctor!