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What factors affect sugar and cholesterol levels?

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Hi Doctor, I tested by blood sugar and found that the reading is 115 (fasting). also Cholesterol to 246. This is the first time it exceeded the limits. I am a male, 37 and an IT professional. I have a severe pain on my right hand for a month. also yesterday I had a loose motion as well. Will the pain / loose motion affect Suger level / Cholesterol ? Thanks in Advance.
Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 in Cholesterol
Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar 55 minutes later
Brief Answer: Unlikely to affect the sugar and cholesterol level Detailed Answer: HI Although the blood sugar and cholesterol can vary with acute infection marginally it is unlikely to be in your case. To be sure enough about the lab values and avoid these factors doctor generally advice for HbA1c for average blood sugar levels. Your fasting sugar and cholesterol levels are definitely in the warning range. It is common to see them in a 37 year old IT professional who generally has sedentary life style. In such a case we assure the person with lifestyle modifications and follow up after 3 months 1) You should get into physical exercise involving at least 3 hours a week. It may include one or a combination of running brisk walk swimming and cycling. 2) Avoid processed food like maida, white sugar, salt, potato and white bread. 3) Restrict the use of food full with saturated fat more than 7%. 4) I suggest you to meet a Dietitian for a proper balanced and timed diet plan. The goal should be to reduce weight and waist circumference by 10% of your present. You may then test for fasting blood sugar and cholesterol. Hope this helps.
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Follow-up: What factors affect sugar and cholesterol levels? 18 hours later
Thanks Doctor. I have heard that if Sugar is affected, there is no escape other than taking medicine. Is it possible at this stage with exercise and dieting? In my previous test (2 months back) all readings were normal. in just two months, both sugar and cholesterol will spike up normally? Following are the current readings. FBS - 115 mg Total S cholesterol - 246 mg HDL - 44 Triglyceride - 176 VLDL - 35.2 LDL - 166.8Ration 5.5.1 Thanks XXXX
Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar 28 minutes later
Brief Answer: Needs monitoring and follow up Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX, One reading is not sufficient to label a person to be diabetic or hypercholesterolemic. I need successive readings. Hence I suggest you to get on the lifestyle modifications and retest. Diabetes is a medical condition which is treatable and so is the cholesterol. Along with medicines you need to stick to the gross lifestyle changes which may unsuit you initially. You would understand the importance of diet and exercise once you consistently see normally recorded values. So do not be surprised with this result in two months. It can happen and may be an eye opener for you. Start with the changes advised.
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Follow-up: What factors affect sugar and cholesterol levels? 21 minutes later
Doctor, One more question. I used to take alcohol (240 ml each) , three - four times a week. Please give me your advice on the effects, dos and don'ts Thanks Sreemanoj
Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar 1 hour later
Brief Answer: I do not advise to my patients Detailed Answer: Hi I do not advise any amount of alcohol to my patients. This is because Indians are more prone metabolic syndrome which includes Diabetes, high cholesterol and fatty liver. So alcohol which adds a lot of calories would build up abdominal obesity and contribute to fatty liver. The effects of fatty liver change and deranged liver functions would add to problem of cholesterol and impaired glucose tolerance in a man. So I do not advise any amount in Indians. If you still have to take you can take only up to 30ml of high content alcoholic beverage on a day without any high calorie snack. Hope this answers.
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