Our expert says:
If you suffer from so-called 'familial' raised cholesterol levels, then you need 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). You may find that you and the other members of your family do not respond to a low-cholesterol diet and that you may need to take medications called statins. Discuss the possibility of having your genetic makeup tested by one of the genetic laboratories such as DNAlysis (check on www.dnalysis.co.za), to help you plan the most sensible programme for lowering cholesterol levels. The dietitian can also assist you to gain some weight because your current BMI = 17,1 which is very low and tending towards undernutrition. It would be desirable if you could hae a BMI of 22 and weigh 65 kg (an increase of about 14 kg). Click on 'Diet & Nutrition' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition Basics' and 'Weight gaining' to read articles on how to gain weight. Most of the liquid meal supplements mentioned in the articles do not contain high cholesterol or fat levels.
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