3 years

Hypertension and Cholesterol

I’m Men…age 55 years old. I have been suffering from high blood pressure for about 10 years and always take government and latest medicine during my doctor’s appointment was found to have a cholesterol content of 6.5…how to overcome these two diseases Dr?

Greetings. Thank you for your questions.

First and foremost, we truly understand your concerns regarding your symptoms and other health problems you might be facing.

Exercise and healthy diet can help to keep in check cholesterol and hypertension. These lifestyle changes are the first line of treatment when you are first diagnosed with these disease. However, since you’re already on medication for hypertension, I would suggest you to continue the medication as instructed by doctor.

By moderate exercise, it can help to control your cholesterol level by increasing the HDL {“good”) cholesterol and maintaining a healthy weight. Therefore, you should do moderate-intensity exercise at least 30 minutes 5 times a week or vigorous aerobic exercise for 20 minutes 3 times a week.

Some examples of moderate-intensity exercises includes brisk walking, swimming and cycling. You can also try to incorporate more physical activities into your daily acitivities, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift or parking further away from your office.
Making wise food choices also helps to combat high cholesterol.

Try to limit your intake of food high in saturated fats such as full-fat dairy products and red meat. Instead, opt for low-fat dairy products. This will reduce your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Reduce consumption of trans fat because it increases your overall cholesterol level. Food rich in trans fat include bakery products and margarine.

Take a high-fibre diet which contains more wholegrains, fruits and vegetables. A high-fibre diet helps to decrease the absorption of cholesterol in the body and thus lower your cholesterol level. Consume food rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna, mackerel and salmon. Avoid deep-fried food and use healthy cooking oils like vegetable oils.

However, if your cholesterol level remains high despite these efforts, you may still need to start taking medications to keep high cholesterol under control and to prevent other health conditions.

The following answers regarding your current queries are just general descriptions. In order for us to provide you with an accurate choice of treatment and management, we need additional details to explore further into your current complaints. Therefore, we greatly suggest that you refer this to your nearest medical doctor.

You may also click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors online. We assure you that our conversations are kept in confidentiality unless additional consultation needed with other medical parties. Thank you.


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