Some transplant medications will raise your child’s cholesterol levels. This, in turn, is known to increase the risk of getting heart disease.
To help lower cholesterol levels:
- Limit the total amount of fat in the diet as well as the saturated fat (fat from animals). Choose low-fat dairy products (skim or 1%milk, low fat-cheese, yogurt, ice milk) and lean meats
- Avoid fat listed as animal or vegetable shortening, lard, palm and coconut oil
- Choose olive and canola oil, and non-hydrogenated margarines
- Increase high-fiber helps keep cholesterol from being absorbed. Fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain products are high-fiber foods