HDL, the good cholesterol, helps to protect you from heart attack and stroke. New research shows it also helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. If your HDL is below 40 for a man or 50 for a woman, here’s what to do:
* Quit smoking.
* Increase physical activity.
* Lose weight. HDL rises for every 7 pounds you drop, according to Johns Hopkins Medical Centers.
* Avoid trans fatty acids found in many baked goods and margarines.
* Consuming 2 to 6 ounces of wine per day can raise HDL levels.