Our expert says:
Your concern about cholesterol is a good thing, and informing yourself about the subject is the most important step.
I suggest that you firstly arrange with your doctor for a full fasting lipogram, which will give you a clear idea of your cholesterol status and risk profile. You need to know this "starting point" cholesterol level. If your level is very high, then you may need to help you body bring the level down, by using prescription cholesterol-lowering medication. Lifestyle changes are always worthwhile, whether or not you need medication. There is so much information about cholesterol, that I cannot include everything you want to know in this reply, so I suggest that you visit the Cholesterol section on our Health24 website. Specifically, a list of cholesterol contents can be obtained from the Heart Foundation of South Africa.
If you have a family history of cholesterol or heart problems, I would also suggest that you contact the Cardiology department of your nearest academic hospital, (eg Groote Schuur, Tygerberg in the Cape) as they will have special departments for cholesterol patients, and will be able to refer you to a specialist dietician for further advice.
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