We have a new doctor so I scheduled an appointment to see her. She, in turn, scheduled some blood tests for me the next morning - Wednesday. Just the usual. Thursday afternoon, at about 4:30pm I get the call...I have to start watching my diet because...my cholesterol levels were high!!!! What!!! Of course you are stunned so I didn't ask any questions. After I got off the phone I immediately went to google cholesterol stuff. I had to call the doctor back to get "my numbers". And they are high!!! My total cholesterol is 6.82 - considered HIGH; my LDL - the bad stuff is 4.23, again considered HIGH; my HDL, the good stuff, was 2.0, considered BEST and my triglycerides was 1.14, considered DESIRABLE. But you could have knocked me down with a feather. I consider myself to be in very good health, give or take the occasional hot flash. So, when I got this news, I was dumbfounded. I exercise regularly, I am not overweight, I don't smoke, I drink socially (depends on what the occasion is), I eat good food. So, how did this happen? I read all the labels of stuff I eat all the time. There was not a lot of cholesterol on the them. I don't eat a lot of eggs or dairy products - I have one cup of coffee a day with 1/2 and 1/2 cream and I eat porridge a lot. Maybe it is hereditary - but my parents died over 30 years ago of different causes other than heart conditions. The nurse said to call back in 6 months for another blood test. I said I would have it under control by then. I guess I have to step up the exercise routines - maybe up to 1 hour a day of cardio and weights. Eat more fruit and vegetables - less red meat - but I eat lots of skinless, boneless chicken boobs and lots of fish in the summer. I will cut down on ground beef - we had ground chicken tonite instead and it was delicious. I do like to have ham in my salads - which we have every nite - and I noticed the cholesterol count on the package was high so that is out from now on. And I am sure I won't miss it - just add more veggies.
I am determined to bring these numbers down in the 6 months I have before my next test. Any tips anyone can offer would be appreciated.
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