A 18-year-old female asked:
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hello docs...my dad is 60 years old he has 238 cholesterol, serum and l.d.l chlsterol 165 &hemo a1c is 11.5.i know these are bad but what should he do?

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Dr. Alan Feldman
40 years experience Endocrinology
Treat it: A hemoglobin a1c of 11.5% means that he has poorly controlled diabetes. The LDL chol of 165 is also very high. Both of these problems increase his risk of cardiovascular disease significantly. He likely is overweight. The first step is to improve his diabetes control through diet, exercise, weight loss, and medications. He will also need medication to bring the LDL cholesterol under 100.
Answered on Mar 13, 2013
Dr. Claude Parola
39 years experience Internal Medicine
Cholesterol: He may have a problem with his diet; he should avoid red meat, cheeses, eggs, shrimps, do some excecise if he can tolorate it, eat more vegatables; as for his a1c, he should avoid soft drinks, avoid too much starch, do not use regular sugar, and take his medication as prescribed by his doctor.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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