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:
- Total blood (serum) cholesterol level was 241 (acceptable level is less than 200)
- My HDL (good) was 46 (acceptable level is between 50 and 60/women & 40-50/men)
- My LDL (bad) was 156 (acceptable level is 100 or less)
- My triglycerides level was 247 (acceptable level is less than 150)
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:
- Total blood (serum) cholesterol level was 189 (acceptable level is less than 200)
- My HDL (good) was 38 (acceptable level is between 50 and 60/women & 40-50/men)
- My LDL (bad) was 102 (acceptable level is 100 or less)
- My triglycerides level was 189 (acceptable level is less than 150)
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 ...