Nami Komatsu writes:
These patients, A and B, have a few similarities and many differences. They both like high cholesterol foods, like ice cream, eggs (egg yolk), fatty meats and cheese. And their differences are following. Firstly, patient A is a male but B is a female. Secondly, patient A has "angina" but B feels O.K. Thirdly, laboratory tests for patient A show narrowing of the arteries. On the other hand, for patient B, the tests show her arteries are normal. Fourthly, their LDL levels are 165 and 125, respectively. Fifthly, patient A does little or no exercise everyday. In contrast, B likes to ride her bicycle on weekends. Lastly, patient B is overweight, smokes "a little" and her family has a history of diabetes (her dad died of diabetes).
According to the information above, they must have some changes in their diet and lifestyle habits. Talking about the diet, both you have to avoid high cholesterol foods and include lower cholesterol foods to keep your cholesterol levels and saturated fat intake low. These may help you to avoid high blood cholesterol and an increased risk of heart disease. For example, patient A, you should have no more than 4 eggs a week ( egg yolk is high cholesterol food). And you should choose lean cuts meats or broiled, grilled fish, skinless chicken and less fried meats instead of fatty meats. And even more, you shouldn't have too much ice cream, because you need to limit your intake of saturated fats.
Patient B, you had better have fiberrich foods like oats, wholegrain bread and apples. They help to reduce cholesterol levels and to lose weight. The next thing can be said for both of you is that you should have more fruits and vegetables.
Talking about LDL levels, patient A, your LDL level is high (higher than 160). It means you have an increased risk for heart disease. And patient B, your LDL level is better (under 130), but you are overweight, and you smoke and have a family history of diabetes. It means you have to be careful. And another suggestion to reduce LDL levels for you two is that you should do a proper amount of exercise (especially for patient A), and quit smoking and lose weight (for patient B). The reason why I give you the above suggestions is that factors such as high blood cholesterol, smoking, obesity, diabetes and even being a male are risk factors for Coronary Heart Disease.
Following my suggestions, you may
keep your body healthy. Even more, I think that you both had better go
see your doctor regularly to know the condition of your body. And lastly,
I hope my suggestions will help you lead a happy life. GOOD LUCK!
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