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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Cholesterol in april was 162 trigly 36 Hdl 62 and ldl 92 . This wk chol is 238 trigs 55 Hdl 95 and LDL 131
Should I be concerned or on meds? I am Visiting my cardiologist this week, but would like second opinion . The most recent blood tests were after Thksgiving weekend where diet went bezerk!
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   give me a min please
Doctor :   let me read your query
User :   ok
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   Yes I am female age 59
Doctor :   well the levels are sure high
User :   Did u get my info?
User :   Meaning.....
Doctor :   the levels of your lipid profile is increased
User :   I know that
User :   Reason for which I am consulting
Doctor :   i will tell you if you need to be on meds r not
User :   Just wanted expert opinion given the fact that hdl is high and trigs are low
Doctor :   yes and we are more concerned with your total cholestrol
Doctor :   as that is the accurate indicator
User :   OK....
Doctor :   which are more than 240 . so you will be put on medications
Doctor :   the individual levels you are talking about
Doctor :   well that helps us to find out what type of medications you will be given
User :   It is 238
User :   Not more than 240
Doctor :   well 2 points is nothing
User :   Ok
User :   Thank you
Doctor :   its high enough to prescribe medication
Doctor :   how is your health otherwise ?
User :   Perfect
Doctor :   do you have any other medical problems ?
User :   No
Doctor :   ok i will advise you few lifestyle changes
Doctor :   and trust me once you can control your cholesterol with diet and exercise you can be even off the meds
Doctor :   1) Read food labels to know what you're getting. Some important things to look for are: calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Try to avoid foods with "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" vegetable oil.
Doctor :   2) Build your meals around fruits, vegetables, and grains. Fruits, vegetables and grains have little fat and no cholesterol. These foods are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Doctor :   3) Do not eat more than 6 ounces of meat, poultry, or fish a day. Try to keep serving sizes to 3 ounces.
Doctor :   4) Buy lean cuts of red meat. Some low-fat cuts are: pork loin, lean center-cut ham, and lamb flank.
Doctor :   5) Avoid processed meats, fast foods, and packaged snacks.
User :   I am exercising three times a week. My labs were taken after I came from cruise where diet was inexistent
Doctor :   i can understand
Doctor :   but its good you are also seeing a cardiologist
User :   Yes
User :   Thank you
Doctor :   well usually its the sugar that fluctuates high
Doctor :   cholesterol also but the fluctuations are less
User :   My sugar is OK
Doctor :   so a examination by a cardiologist is the best step for you
User :   Ok I see him every 6 months or so Thanks
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   Bye
Doctor :   bye
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