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22 Jul 2005

I have had my cholestrol checked and the results are as follows
Total Cholesterol 5.1
Trigliserides 3.06
HDL 0.7

What should they be. I am 53 years old and for 3 years now am a diabetic type 2 and my 6month test was 8.2

I would like to know how I can improve on the above results.

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Snoopy
I can't really comment about the results you have listed because I would need the normal range results for the specific laboratory that did the analyses. I do think that your HDL is too low. It is essential for anyone with insulin resistance or diabetes to consult a clinical dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your diabetes, medications and other conditions such as overweight and raised blood lipid levels, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes'. Ask your doctor what type of exercise you are allowed to do and get more active, e.g. start going for brisk walks for about 30 min every day, BUT only if your doctor gives permission.
Best regards
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