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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here
Doctor :   please proceed with your health query.
User :   As per recent blood test report my serum triglycerides is very hight (i.e 356.8). What kind of diet plan i can adopt
User :   Can it be controlled by doing some yoga?
Doctor :   you need to go for a combined approach
User :   Combined approach means yoga+diet.
User :   if yes what kind of yoga and what type diet.
User :   or is there is medication required?
User :   any medication required?
Doctor :   may i know your age ?
User :   34
Doctor :   do you have diabetes?
Doctor :   or high bp?
Doctor :   A diet that severely limits saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol
User :   sugar is 16o
Doctor :   Aerobic and toning exercises improve blood lipid levels if performed for longer than 30 minutes, 4 or more days per week.
User :   not high bp
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is that fasting sugar?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Triglycerides are the most common form of fat that we digest, and are the main ingredient in vegetable oils and animal fats.
Doctor :   Normal triglyceride levels in the blood are less than 150mg per deciliter (mg/dL).
Doctor :   High levels of triglycerides (greater than 200 mg/dl) are associated with a increased risk of atherosclerosis and therefore coronary artery disease and stroke
Doctor :   A healthy lifestyle includes eating well, exercising routinely, smoking cessation, and weight loss helps you to decrease it
Doctor :   The following dietary changes may be helpful in lowering triglycerides.
Doctor :   Decreasing your intake of sugar
Doctor :   You can cut your intake in half to begin with, and continue cutting back from there.
Doctor :   Changing from white to brown: If you eat white rice, bread, and pasta, switch to whole wheat products.
Doctor :   Limit or avoid foods with saturated and trans fats. These include fried foods, lard, butter, whole milk, ice cream, commercial baked goods, meats, and cheese
Doctor :   Switch to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Doctor :   The best sources of these fats are olive oil, canola oil, nuts, and fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, lake trout, sardines, herring, and albacore tuna.
Doctor :   Fibrates (for example, gemfibrozil [Lopid] or fenofibrate [Tricor]) and niacin are medications that lower both cholesterol and triglycerides
Doctor :   The decision to use these medications depends upon a variety of factors including the patient's past medical history, other medications taken, and other risk factors for atherosclerosis that might be present.
Doctor :   Medication use does not replace diet, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices.
Doctor :   The National Cholesterol Education Program has created dietary guidelines...
Doctor :   total fat: less than than 30% of daily caloric intake
Doctor :   saturated fat: less than 7% of daily caloric intake
Doctor :   polyunsaturated fat (found in vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, leafy greens): less than or equal to 10% of daily caloric intake
Doctor :   monounsaturated fat: approximately 10%-15% of daily caloric intake
Doctor :   cholesterol: less than 200 milligrams per day
Doctor :   carbohydrates: 50%-60% of daily caloric intake
Doctor :   People with higher triglycerides may benefit from a diet that is higher in monounsaturated fat and lower in carbohydrates, particularly simple sugars
Doctor :   A common source of monounsaturated fat is olive oil.
Doctor :   Although exercise has little effect on LDL, aerobic exercise may improve insulin sensitivity, HDL, and triglyceride levels and may thus reduce the risk of heart disease.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Did you understand what i said?
Doctor :   so it is acombined approach
User :   yes
Doctor :   of exercise diet and even medicines
Doctor :   if you have any risk factors like diabetes
Doctor :   So try all these
User :   thank you very much Doctor
Doctor :   Add one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of lime juice in one cup of hot water. Take it daily in morning for natural lowering cholesterol
Doctor :   Take fenugreek seeds to control high serum cholesterol
Doctor :   Eat garlic regularly. It is an effective herbal remedy for lowering cholesterol
Doctor :   Use sunflower, or safflower oil for cooking
Doctor :   Drink plenty of water
Doctor :   Do not smoke and drink alcohol
Doctor :   Include Roughage and fibrous food in diet
Doctor :   Take onion juice to reduce cholesterol, clean the blood, and regulate the heart
Doctor :   These are the simple home remedies
Doctor :   that will work wonders for you
Doctor :   Hope you understood
User :   yes doctor
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with now?
Doctor :   THANKS FOR CONSULTING........
Doctor :   BYE FOR NOW..................
User :   Thank you much once again
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Doctor :   BYE...
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