HDL also known as good cholesterol can be raised with the help of simple lifestyle modifications and some medicines if needed. Lifestyle changes are effective means of increasing HDL and include:1. Quitting smoking as smoking lowers HDL2. Reducing alcohol intake3. Reducing weight (if obese) as every 2 pounds weight loss in obese people simply raise HDL by 0.35 mg/dL.4. Eating healthy diet which is low in saturated trans fat (found in margarines and some commercialized baked products) and high in mono or polyunsaturated fat (found in olive, peanut or canola oil).5. Regular exercise as this can increase HDL by 5% in less than 2 months.Some medicines like statins can also be used if lifestyle modifications do not sufficiently increase HDL.