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Detected with high sugar level and cholesterol. Suggestions? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 12-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Good Evening
Doctor:I am Dr. XXXXXXX
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Hello Dr. XXXXXXX
User:I needed some advice...
User:I have been recently detected with high sugar level and cholestrol
User:219 and post meal 311
User:cholestrol level is 501 (Triglyceride serum)
User:want to know what would be the correct level of specialist that I need to consult and next steps on this
Doctor:May I know your age? serious is this issue and how much time should it take to come at normal levels if I follow everything
User:I am 36
Doctor:Let me guide you regarding the conditions.
Doctor:As you know, Diabetes and high cholesterol are part of life style disorders.
Doctor:Though they are related to life style, they do have a genetic component too.
Doctor:According to modern medicine there is no permanent cure to these conditions.
Doctor:They can be controlled in a way that it does not cause complications on other organs of the body.
Doctor:And that control is the necessary part in their treatment.
Doctor:Are you following me?
Doctor:Now, the control has three parts.
Doctor:1. Medication 2. Exercise 3. Diet Modification.
Doctor:1. Medication: You will need blood sugar lowering agents and anti cholesterol medications.
Doctor:For that you will need to get examined by an XXXXXXX Medicine Specialist.
Doctor:Hope that clears your first doubt.
User:yes...I was advised to refer a ENDOCRINOLOGIST
Doctor:They would be prescribing you medicines for both the conditions.
User:are they specialist in such cases
Doctor:Yes, Endocrinologist can help in treating diabetes, as it is considered a hormonal disorder.
User:is there a way to fine a good list of ENDOCRINOLOGIST inxxxxxxx
Doctor:On the other hand, high cholesterol may or may not be due to hormonal imbalances.
Doctor:I can help you find a good endocrinologist
User:Thanks !!
Doctor:I would suggest you first consult an XXXXXXX Medicine specialist rather than directly going for an Endocrinologist.
Doctor:They would help in checking out to see if any other condition is associated with it.
Doctor:In case, if it is required, they would be able to refer you to an endocrinologist.
Doctor:Now coming to other steps for life style modification,
Doctor:You need to follow a strict regime of exercise- at least 45 minutes daily.
Doctor:It can be brisk walking, jogging, aerobics etc.
Doctor:Diet: In general, reduce everything that is white in colour. for example, white rice, sugar.
Doctor:It is not that you have to stop them.
Doctor:Just that you can cut it down to half of your normal intake.
User:how about fruits
Doctor:You can have fruits. But a general guideline would be to have one fruit a day.
Doctor:You should have plenty of vegetables and water.
User:any specific fruits that I need to avoid
Doctor:You can have every fruits, but limit it to a small portion in a day.
Doctor:You should reduce, oily and fatty food.
Doctor:Start using Olive oil for cooking.
Doctor:Are you a vegetarian?
Doctor:You will have to increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acid containing food.
Doctor:Like sea fish ( Mackerels, tuna, sardine etc)
Doctor:They are also present in Almonds.
Doctor:You can also get Omega 3 Fatty acid supplements from the pharmacies.
Doctor:That should cover most of the part of your treatment.
Doctor:If you are sticking to a strict and continuous treatment, the levels can be maintained to a normal level within 2-3 months.
Doctor:But, you may have to continue the treatment and strict regimes through out your life.
Doctor:Don't worry, it just makes you healthier.
User:yes :)
Doctor:And keeps you in good shape.
Doctor:Is everything I said clear to you?
User:yes...Thanks a lot for your advice....very helpful
Doctor:You are Welcome.
Doctor:So, next I should guide you for a Doctor right?
User:yes please
Doctor:Whom do you want to consult, an XXXXXXX medicine Specialist or an Endocrinologist?
User:I can find an XXXXXXX medicince but need your help in finding a ENDOCRINOLOGIST
User:I would prefer a ENDOCRINOLOGIST
User:Also, I am fine with anywhere in xxxx, in case there are any near to this area
Doctor:You will be soon receiving a call from our Customer care executive.
Doctor:One of our customer care executives will assist you further in finding a good endocrinologist
User:Thank you so much
Doctor:Can you please confirm your mobile number?
Doctor:Ok. Thanks.
Doctor:Is there anything else that I could assist you on?
User:this is clear...thanks again
Doctor:Thank you for consulting me.
Doctor:Have a Nice Evening!!
User:thanks too
Doctor:Bye for now.
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