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DH's cholesterol is too high and I could do with some advice please.

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unknownrebelbang Fri 07-Sep-07 17:12:55

He's got a reading of six, and the GP has told him that with a few changes to his diet he should get that down to within normal range quite quickly.

He's usually fairly fit and healthy, and his diet is reasonable, although definitely too much cheese/too many eggs, and there is always room for improvement.

We need advice please on what he needs to avoid/cut down on, what he can eat, etc etc, and any other gems of wisdom you may have.


FluffyMummy123 Fri 07-Sep-07 17:13:24

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foxinsocks Fri 07-Sep-07 17:14:10

did the GP give no advice?

6 isn't too bad I think

FluffyMummy123 Fri 07-Sep-07 17:15:00

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Legacy Fri 07-Sep-07 17:16:49

5 is now the target.

I'd second Cod's recommendation - get in contact with the BHF

Website here

They have loads of materials to download/ order.

FluffyMummy123 Fri 07-Sep-07 17:17:07

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foxinsocks Fri 07-Sep-07 17:17:19

it's only just over the normal range

mine's around there too but it's hereditary in my family so my diet doesn't seem to do much to the level

lots of fish
cutting out lots of sat fats (like cheese, cream, eggs, animal fats etc.)

Mercy Fri 07-Sep-07 17:18:16

I read that 4 is now the target - 5 was considered the upper limit of normal.

unknownrebelbang Fri 07-Sep-07 17:19:57

Thanks Cod.

Yes, the GP did give him some advice, but I'm not sure exactly what he said because I've not yet spoken to DH properly - I was at work when he went the GPs, and he's at work now.

Like to hear how others have dealt with this too.

Legacy Fri 07-Sep-07 17:20:18

pah ! Targets.... Smargets.... hmm

Lots of cardiologists are saying that 4 is virtually unachieveable for much of the population without medication.

It used to be 6 in Scotland!

FluffyMummy123 Fri 07-Sep-07 17:21:13

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foxinsocks Fri 07-Sep-07 17:21:26

it's all about other risk factors too

like does he smoke (first thing to cut out) or drink excessively?

FluffyMummy123 Fri 07-Sep-07 17:22:06

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unknownrebelbang Fri 07-Sep-07 17:23:02



GP said the range was 3.5 - 5 today.

He did say it should come down very quickly with a few changes in diet, so obviously not a major problem (and definitely better than diabetes which was ours/GP's first suspicion!)

KTeePee Fri 07-Sep-07 17:24:05

Do you have to keep the diet thing up forever or can you relax a bit once the level goes down?

unknownrebelbang Fri 07-Sep-07 17:25:32

No he doesn't smoke, he does like a drink but well within normal limits.

He's fairly active - chasing villains and three boisterous lads around tends to keep you reasonably fit, lol.

foxinsocks Fri 07-Sep-07 17:28:03


yes, the eggs are a culprit I seem to remember.

This website is also good for recipes

Mercy Fri 07-Sep-07 17:28:35

Really Legacy? That's rahter scary tbh sad

Last year my mum's level was 6.9 (I think) and she's just been retested and it's now 6.1 - and she hasn't done a thing (despite all my advice wink!!)

unknownrebelbang Fri 07-Sep-07 17:35:27

Thanks foxinsocks.

I'm going to have a look at both websites later.

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