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3/7/12 3:44 A

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Thanks for the welcome and the comments!

I have had a good look around both here and elsewhere, and now feel better informed about things!

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3/6/12 8:09 A

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Hi :) Yep, confused seems to be our middle name especially when we have something wrong with us. Take it one step at a time and don't overwhelm yourself. Cutting fats is probably a good idea, but having good fats is also important. I don't know if you like fish, but eating Omega3 is very good for you too. Look at some articles on this site and even look for a team that may deal with this specific area. If you have any questions about the site, please feel free to ask in our daily chat or send me an email. Let us know how it is going :) emoticon


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3/6/12 5:33 A

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Hi all!

I'm a 36-year old male computer geek based in Gloucester, and am here because I have recently had a series of blood tests done which showed that I have a high cholesterol level (7.7 / 1!).

My doctor has ordered a 'strict low fat diet' for 6-months with a re-test, although trying to establish what that means is proving to be a bit of a challenge, further confused by a visit back to the practice where a locum has decided that she is going to refer me to a 'Lipids' specialist! (where ultimately I may face the prospect of taking lipids for the rest of my life).

I have to say, I'm more than a little inclined not to take the advice of the locum who didn't seem overly interested in what I was saying (or she wasn't listening) and even said to me at one point 'I can't really go into much more detail, as I only have 10-minutes'!!

But my question of 'strict' diet remains as to just how strict it should be. I've already taken steps to remove my consumption of red meat (not a task I am looking forward to for the long term!) as well as cheese and margerine/spreads. I've cut out all the snacks, and replaced them with fruit and have started drinking water in place of the energy drinks I usually have. I've even gone to the level of switching from Semi-skimmed milk to Skimmed milk!

I'm not much of a drinker, a couple of pints on the rare occasion and the odd beer now and then at home.

If I am meant to be going very strict on this, I still don't know exactly what I should be looking for when buying food - I'm presuming that I need to be concerned with the monosaturates.

If I was confused a week ago when this all broke, I'm sure as hell confused now!

So, yes hi!

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