When it comes to your LDL number, work with your health care provider on making dietary changes and incorporating fish oil supplements and statins, if needed, to help lower your number. A rise in HDL will likely have a positive impact on your LDL level, but it’s not a guarantee.
“While higher HDL cholesterol can help lower LDL cholesterol, it’s not directly related,” says Buttles. “The key is a well-rounded approach that works at both raising HDL and lowering LDL.”
Make sure to take advantage of regular checkups with your care provider to monitor your cholesterol numbers and determine if lifestyle changes are having an impact, she says.