Our expert says:
Raised blood cholesterol levels can be due to a genetic tendency which in some cases does not react to dietary intervention and may need to be treated with cholesterol-lowering medications such as statins. Discuss this aspect you with your doctor. Because you say that you are also 10 kg overweight, I would recommend that you 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 need to design a diet for you that assists with lowering your cholesterol levels and helps you lose weight too, but that does not cause deficiencies (for example, you may have a calcium deficiency is you never drink milk and only have one serving of yoghurt per day. Calcium deficiencies can lead to osteoporosis particularly after the menopause).
Keep up the good work with the exercise, as this helps to control body weight and to combat osteoporosis.
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