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I have done a total cholesterol general blood check up and got the result as 220. Was told that normal is below 200. Am I under any serious threat or this is desirable and can be controlled? I take alcohol 3 times a week and No smoking and 5 times a week Non Veg diet. Please advise.

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Expert:  Dr. E. Satish Kumar replied 4 Days.

Thank you for your query at DoctorSpring.com
Before answering your questions , i would to know further,
you have done only total cholesterol, but it is essential to do a complete Lipid profile which consists of LDL,HDL,VLDL,S.Triglycerides.
You said you take alcohol , but you didn't specify the quantity.

Health benefits of moderate alcohol use

Moderate alcohol consumption may provide some health benefits. It may:
  • Reduce your risk of developing and dying from heart disease
  • Possibly reduce your risk of ischemic stroke (when the arteries to your brain become narrowed or blocked, causing severely reduced blood flow)
  • Possibly reduce your risk of diabetes
Even so, the evidence about the possible health benefits of alcohol isn't certain, and alcohol may not benefit everyone who drinks.

Guidelines for moderate alcohol use by MAYO CLINIC

If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.
Examples of one drink include:
  • Beer: 12 fluid ounces (355 milliliters)
  • Wine: 5 fluid ounces (148 milliliters)
  • Distilled spirits (80 proof): 1.5 fluid ounces (44 milliliters)
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation — or not at all

    The latest dietary guidelines make it clear that no one should begin drinking or drink more frequently on the basis of potential health benefits. So don't feel pressured to drink alcohol. But if you do drink alcohol and you're healthy, there's probably no need to stop as long as you drink responsibly and in moderation.
Now coming to your questions , you are not at serious threat ,but it is essential to live a healthy life.Eating non vegetarian is not bad, but it can good for health if you take Egg white, fish, chicken, but avoid too much of red meat .
Eat plenty of green vegetables and fruits.
Exercise at least 45 to 60 min for at least 5 days in a week.
I would like to review with your Lipid profile.
Dr Satish

Patient replied :

Dr, thanks for the reply. Im really stressed as my SGOT and SGPT are 183 & 191 in values which seems very high. Im not able to upload my results here. And my Lipid profile says Cholesterol total 230, TGL - 244 which needs to be under 165, VLDL Cholesterol 49 which needs to be under 30 & CHOL/HDL/Ratio 4.5 and says normal risk Iam in. Please advise me in both the cases what medicine shld I take? Im trying to stop alcohol permanently, but taking little time to,come out of it though I don't drink more than a beer and half bottle or 5 larges which is 60 ml of hot drinks 3 -4 times a week. Please help me to avoid the stress and save me to come back to normal, and can I? And Im just become a father.

Expert:  Dr. E. Satish Kumar replied 3 Days.

SGOT SGPT values indicate acute liver injury, could be from the alcohol itself.
Even minor amounts of alcohol can cause a lot of damage to the liver now.
So, you have to be strong and give it up completely.
You can take syrup silymarin 2 teaspoons twice daily for 2 weeks. Also, follow a bland diet and avoid non vegetarian food for the next 2 weeks.
Repeat LFT after 2 weeks.
Once you cut down alcohol, and lose around 5-7 kgs, you will automatically see the difference even in the cholesterol levels.
You can repeat cholesterol values after 3 months of strict diet control, no alcohol, and moderate exercise daily.

Patient replied :

Hi Doctot,
Please tell me am I under life threaten dieases. Or can I come back to normal. And live a normal life? After a year can I start my regular life style. I also had lots of pain killers in last one month. Iam trying my best to cut Alcohol and avoided Non veg fully. Please advise me

Expert:  Dr. E. Satish Kumar replied 2 Days.

No, you are not suffering from any life-threatening disease.
You will get better provided you follow my advise.
Please relax and move on, and try to inculcate better habits.

Patient replied :

Thankyou Doctor. I will surely delete the alcohol part from my life at least for my Son and will try living a peaceful life. Thankyou for all your suggestions. Hope cholesterol too come back normal. Thankyou once again. Will look forward to meet you one day. Truly Ramesh

Expert:  Dr. E. Satish Kumar replied 1 Day.

Yes, you will definitely get better.
God bless!

Dr. E. Satish Kumar
Category: Internal Medicine Specialist
Fellowship, Cardiology - Tamil Nadu Doctor M.G.R. Medical University - DNB, Cardiology, 2002 – 2005Training in Germany in Complicated AngioplastiesMedical School - Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati Medical college, MBBBS MD, Int Medicine, 1989 – 1999.
Trained in Rota Abalation for treating Calcific coronary artery disease in Japan
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