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Q: I am a 35 year old male and was recently diagnosed to be suffering from high blood cholesterol (240 mg/dl) and high triglyceride levels. Can you please suggest what can be done to take care of this problem.

A:You must consult a cardiologist who can suggest you medicines to control high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Diet plays an important part in the management of high blood cholesterol and triglyderide levels. Follow these guidelines to modify your dietary and lifestyle practices: 1. Avoid fried and fatty foods such as cutlets, pakoras, paranthas, puris etc. 2. Restrict egg intake as egg yolk is one of the richest sources of cholesterol. 3. Avoid non-veg foods especially mutton, pork and organ meat. 4. Reducing calorie intake may also help. 5. Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. 6. Exercise also helps in lowering the blood cholesterol levels, so work out an exercise schedule that suits your routine. Begin with 20 minutes brisk walk and increase gradually. 7. Managing stress is also important, stress being one of the causative factors for most of the individuals. 8. Avoid butter and ghee. 9. Avoid smoking and alcohol

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