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Steps for treating hypercholesterolemia - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I have been taking benecole products since January when I first learned that I have high colestrol. It is now April and my levels are still high. Does benecole not work for me?
                                                  
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :  
May I know your age and gender?
User :   I am 46 years old and female
Doctor :  
And may I know you cholesterol values?
User :   My doctor tells me they are high but I do not know the actual value
Doctor :  
Ok.
User :   I have been using benacole since January, it is quite expensive but it appears it has not worked in my case
Doctor :  
Benecol is one among the food product that contains less cholesterol.
User :   it says on the lable that it is supposed to lower cholestrol
Doctor :  
However, taking benecol alone may not be effective in reducing the cholesterol, alone by itself.
User :   I have always tried to eate healthy, but I do drink wine and beer regualy
Doctor :  
You would need to complement it with reduced cholesterol diet too for a better control of the drug.
Doctor :  
This would be the same with any other alternative medications too.
User :   my GP has not yet prescribed any medication for my cholestrol problem
Doctor :  
That is fine, but if your cholesterol is not getting controlled then you may have to modify your diet.
Doctor :  
Involve in physical exercises.
Doctor :  
This would be the best approach to reduce cholesterol.
Doctor :  
Have you followed?
User :   I do try to use my latrel thigh trainer a few times per week but I am normally too busy to leave the house unfortunatly
User :   I work very hard
User :   I have two very small children and I love walking but my three year old is a slow walker
Doctor :   One of the best exercises that is effective is walking and jogging.
Doctor :  
As a doctor, I am not sure of how effective the lateral thigh trainer is.
Doctor :  
However, if you are not finding time to go for a walk or jog,
User :   it is supposed to work the heart muscles
User :   its because of my problem getting out
Doctor :  
alternative means such using the stairs instead of a elevator
Doctor :  
and things like that may be tried initially.
User :   sometimes I run up the stairs for excersise untill I am out of breath
User :   I should do it more often I think
Doctor :  
Continue with the same
Doctor :  
and over some time try finding time to do walking at home.
Doctor :  
Use low fat and low calorie diet.
Doctor :  
This should be effective in lowering your cholesterol and supplement with the medications that you are on.
Doctor :  
Get your lipid profile checked after a few months and if your cholesterol remains the same, then
Doctor :  
you probably may need statins or other lipid lowering drugs.
Doctor :  
Have you followed?
Doctor :  
Are you there?
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Are you there?
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