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.