On Cholesterol and Health

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 under Health | No Comment

Today I got my results on my recent issues with cholesterol. The issue being that back in November my good cholesterol was too low, my bad cholesterol and my total were both too high.

A little background: I’m 32 and in decent shape. But I’ve got a family history of cholesterol issues that dates back to the Middle Ages. Of all the characteristics of my family I wanted to inherit, this was not high on the list. Or even on the list.

I’ve been on cholesterol meds for three months and today I got my new numbers. Overall, not too bad. The low is low (73) and the total is good (137). The bad is that my good cholesterol is a bit low (37).

The doctor turned to me and said, “You know we can raise that number. Do you exercise? Run maybe?”

I nodded. “Yeah, about 30 miles a week. Oh and I workout 2 – 3 times.”

He shook his head. “I thought I was doing good with my three miles, three times a week.”

The verdict: I’m out of luck unless I want more meds. My good cholesterol isn’t bad, I just need to keep an eye on it.

One suggestion from the doctor: a glass of wine a night has been shown to raise HDL by up to 10 points over a year. I’m game.

With all that in mind, I plan to change my diet a bit, starting tomorrow. My diet’s not bad, but it could be better. So we’ll see what I can do in the coming months. I’ve got another check soon.

Until then, I’ll just keep putting in miles and not overeating. Starting tomorrow of course. Tonight is pizza night.

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