HDL helps keep cholesterol from building up in the arteries. An HDL of ≥ 60 mg/dL will help lower your risk for heart disease. (The higher your HDL cholesterol level, the lower your chance of getting heart disease.) If your HDL level is lower than 60 mg/dL, please talk with your doctor to learn ways to improve your levels. A low-fat diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and regular exercise are steps you can take to get your cholesterol levels under control. You may also need to take medications depending on your other risk factors – your doctor can help you determine if medications are right for you.