Changing my diet made a positive difference

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Henry, 72 years old

“My cholesterol was slightly higher than normal. But I never had to take medication to reduce it.”

Throughout my working life I often had medical check-ups for health and safety reasons. It was during one of the routine check-ups that I was told I had high cholesterol. That was sometime in the seventies.

My cholesterol was slightly higher than normal. But I never had to take medication to reduce it. I haven’t to this day.

Thresholds kept changing over the years

If you ask me, the threshold levels that are used to define when cholesterol is too high have been pushed down further and further due to the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. Because the threshold levels kept changing, my cholesterol was sometimes borderline, sometimes it was okay, and sometimes it was too high. I found that quite irritating to be honest.

Then, towards the end of last year, I found out that I not only have borderline , but my blood sugar levels are also slightly too high. My doctor suggested I go to see a dietary consultant. The fact that I now had two elevated levels did worry me a little.

So I went to see a dietary consultant, as my doctor suggested, and then I changed my diet. But the only reason I decided to watch what I eat was because both my cholesterol and blood sugar levels were now too high.

Dietary changes helped

Changing my diet made a positive difference. My blood sugar levels dropped a lot, and my dropped a little. Now the “only” thing that is sometimes too high is my cholesterol. That’s what it’s been like for the last 40 years or so. Losing weight and changing my diet didn’t really help lower my much.

I’ve lost about five kilos since changing my diet. Although my levels are okay again, I still follow my special diet. For example, I eat fewer carbs and more vegetables, less fat and less meat. My wife and I changed our diets together, which is nice. I’m sure that makes things easier for me in everyday life.

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Updated on September 7, 2017
Next planned update: 2021

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