Boost good cholesterol for big benefits

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.