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04 Feb 2004

Diet to lower cholestrol
My farther has recently been diagnosed with high cholestrl. He is a 58 year old smoker and fairly active. Please can you recommend an eating plan for him to follow t lwer his chlestrol levels. He is currently taking medication prescribed by his GP.
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Marise
Basically he will have to eat a diet that is low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol, and high in dietary fibre and protective nutrients - this entails eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, low-fat milk and dairy products, very lean meat, fish, only 4 eggs per week and only mono- or polyunsaturated margarine or oil. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of a low-fat, high-fibre diet - if he does not need to lose any weight he can use larger portions of the permitted foods, but should otherwise stick to the portion sizes. He needs to check the foods he buys in the supermarket - he should compare the total fat content of say standard Vienna sausages and that of Low-fat or Lean Viennas - if the latter still contain more than 5g of fat per 100g, then it is better to avoid them. Rather use less processed food, e.g. cook chicken without skin and without added fat (grill or boil in a stew), to have greater control of the fat content than when you eat processed foods.
He should also use omega-3 fatty acids (Salmon oil capsules - buy at chemist) to reduce blood cholesterol and try Flora pro-activ which contains plant sterols to lower blood cholesterol (most supermarkets sell this type of margarine). I trust the dr is addressing his smoking and is encouraging his physical activity.
Best regards
DietDoc
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