_As I sat patiently in my doctor’s office, I read over my notes about my cholesterol numbers. I’ll admit I felt rather nervous, but still confident my plan had worked. I was still up for a fight from the doctor about taking statin drugs. I should explain it isn’t that I’m so difficult, but after reading the side effects, I’d just prefer to start out with lifestyle change and a few supplements. Funny, don’t you think, that my medical insurance will gladly pay for statin drugs, but not my efforts to take supplements or join a gym? There is something terribly wrong with our health care options (OK, I’ll get off THAT soapbox ... for now).
So, here I sit ... knowing my numbers and hoping for the best. At my last visit my numbers will explain my doctor’s recommendation for statin drugs:
I didn’t hear the door open and the doctor found me sitting Indian-style in the chair, my eyes closed, and breathing rhythmically and deeply. I sensed his presence and returned to reality. “Welcome back,” he said with a smile, “let’s take a look at your numbers.” I stood and reviewed my chart with him. He pointed to the chart and with unexpected enthusiasm said, “Hey, hey ... look at this ... you did it!!” I was thrilled ... I still had some work to do and some adjustments to make, but the numbers spoke for themselves. We went over each number:
As we wrapped up my appointment, he asked me if I knew of a TaiChi instructor in our area (of course, I did) .
He’s a cool doctor ... he listens ... he learns ... he admits he doesn’t know it all ... and he’s never said, “Trust me, dear.”
Stay tuned for why I had to make an supplement adjustment ...
So, here’s the deal...three months ago at a routine GYN visit, my doctor asked me when I last had my cholesterol checked. When I told him it had been about four years and at that time my cholesterol was slightly elevated but my triglycerides were quite low. My doctor at that time said because my triglycerides were so low, I was fine. Since it had been four years my GYN recommended I have it done at my primary physician’s office. I made an appointment.
After fasting, I had my blood drawn and waited for the results expecting little change. I had a week between having my blood drawn and my appointment so I hit the Internet to look at information about cholesterol. Since I didn’t have any idea what my numbers were, I opted to research for ways to maintain good cholesterol levels. I went into my physician’s office loaded with information even though I felt everything was fine. I was wrong. My cholesterol was a whopping 240 (normal/acceptable is between 140 and 200). My HDL (or good cholesterol) was 46 (normal/acceptable is between 29 and 85) and my LDL (bad) was 156 (normal/acceptable is between 0 and 99, so I knew I was in for a battle. The first words out of his mouth were, “what meds are you currently taking?” None. He continued, “Let’s get you on something to lower your cholesterol.” No.
At that moment, he looked at me with question in his eyes. “No?” That’s what I said, no. I’d prefer to try to reduce my numbers a different way. He asked me how and I told him. He looked at me and said we’d go ahead and delay statin therapy and check my cholesterol in three months.
Stay tuned for my plan ...
I am ...
... a former blogger for a health site, which means eating healthy aka heart smart
which has become a passion for me. I will start at the beginning when I first
discovered I had high cholesterol.