I'm male 52, living in France. Just been diagnosed with a cholesterol count of 8.18 ( trig 2.26, HDL 1.60, LDL 5.56).... Hardly surprising, I live in the mountains famed for their cheese and wine production.....
Whilst I speak reasonable day to day French I find it difficult to really understand and discuss my problem with my French doctor. I have a print out of foods I am encouraged to eat, and foods I should try to reduce, and I am advised to reduce my alcohol intake to half a bottle of wine a day... Very generous, I thought!
So I thought this site may clarify some thoughts...
Just how serious are my readings
Should I consider medication to reduce my cholesterol
How quickly can I expect to reduce my cholesterol (my next test is march)
Do these cholesterol reducing spreads and drinks actually work
Pomegranate and garlic, can they really help
Is there anything else that I should do? ( I'm quite good at obsessive behaviour!)
I'm quite active by the way, walking my dog an hour a day and skiing 4-5 times a week in the winter.
Thanks for any opinions and responses, be as blunt as you like, I prefer it