Our expert says:
It is always advisable for any patient suffering from multiple conditions to consult a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will work out an individual diet prescription for your hubby that addresses his hypertension and raised cholesterol levels while taking his individual factors (age, weight, medications, etc) into account. In the meanwhile, you can click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Food as medicine' and 'Hypertension' and read about the DASH Diet which was developed in the USA to lower bp. This diet is low in fat and sodium which will respectively assist with weightloss and lower your husband's bp and cholesterol. Exercise such as going for brisk walks would also help him to reduce his bp and cholesterol levels, but please do not let him embark on any exercise programme without first consulting the dr who is treating his hypertension and high cholesterol levels. If the dr gives permission he can start doing the type of exercise the doctor recommends.
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