Patient A is a 20-year-old male who
has "angina" chest pains. He says that some days he does a little
exercise but most of the time he does not exercise. His favorite foods
are ice cream, eggs and fatty meats. Laboratory tests show he has narrowing
of the arteries. His LDL-cholesterol level is 165.
Patient B is a 35-year-old female who feels "OK" although she is overweight. Her favorite foods are white bread and cheese. She likes to ride her bicycle on weekends. She smokes "a little" and in her family there is a history of diabetes -- in fact, two years ago her father died of diabetes. Lab tests confirm that her arteries are normal. Her cholesterol level is 125.
These patients present some similarites but, overall, many differences regarding diet and cholesterol. Please compare the similarities and contrast the differences -- and suggest changes in their diet and other lifestyle habits related to health.
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