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Readers' alert: drug side-effects

MagazineOctober 2005 (Vol. 16 Issue 7)Readers' alert: drug side-effects

So, you can imagine my surprise when I got the results of a blood test back and discovered my cholesterol had shot up from 4

So, you can imagine my surprise when I got the results of a blood test back and discovered my cholesterol had shot up from 4.9 to 7.5! This change appears to have happened since I started taking Lamisil tablets for a finger fungus infection. Could Lamisil be to blame for my sudden high cholesterol?

I am extremely worried about this as my mother has recently suffered several heart attacks and is in extremely poor health. There is no way I will take any cholesterol-lowering medication after reading your publication, but I'm at a bit of a loss for alternative solutions. - Magi Hobbs, Southend-On-Sea

WDDTY says: For natural ways to reduce your cholesterol, see our Special Report in WDDTY vol 15 no 2. To summarise the main points:

* Eat a Mediterranean diet and avoid a high dairy intake
* Avoid high-glycaemic, processed foods
* Stop smoking
* Eat nuts
* Avoid hydrogenated fats and trans fatty acids, found in most processed food, especially margarine
* Consume foods rich in flavonoid antioxidants - these include brightly coloured fresh fruits and vegetables, grape juice, green tea, red wine
* Aim to get two-and-a-half servings of wholegrains every day
* Exercise regularly - which you already do
* Supplement with coenzyme Q10 (10-30 mg/day for general prevention; 200-400 mg/day as therapy).

You may also wish to supplement with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E and selenium, L-carnitine, magnesium, brewer's yeast, psyllium and fenugreek seed powder.

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