Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Doctor's Visit

A Doctor's Visit, originally uploaded by A!ison.

Why do I hide my underclothes when I remove them to see the doctor? I'm already exposing the truly modest parts of my body to him, what does he care to see my underclothes? It seems silly to hide them but NEVER will I not hide them.

The visit was for a regular checkup and I did not get good news. I have risk levels of good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol. Good should be high and bad should be low, mine are the opposite and my good is really low, high risk low, 39 and my bad is borderline high, 159. "HDL levels below 40 mg/dL result in an increased risk of coronary artery disease." My mom said her cholesterol is 110/110, big difference from mine! This is what a woman's cholesterol levels should be:

HDL Cholesterol Level Category (Good Cholesterol)
Less than 50 mg/dL Low HDL cholesterol : a major risk factor for heart disease.
60 mg/dL and above High HDL cholesterol : considered protective against heart disease.

LDL Cholesterol Level Category (Bad Cholesterol)
Less than 100 mg/dL : Optimal
100 to 129 mg/dL : Near or above optimal
130 to 159 mg/dL : Borderline high
160 to 189 mg/dL : High
190 mg/dL and above : Very high

My doctor, who btw is ruggedly handsome... kinda hard to have a hott doctor, just sayin', grilled me about my family history and heart disease. He was very perplexed, almost acted as if I was not telling the truth to the fact that my parents or grandparents do not have heart problems. Now I know why. Found this on the web:

Only about 25% of cholesterol comes from the foods you eat. The other 75% is made by the body. Factors such as age and family history affect how much cholesterol your body makes. That’s why, for 2 out of 3 people with high cholesterol, diet and exercise alone aren’t enough.

So he gave me 3 months to get myself on track and if my results stay the same, he'll take the helm.

Exercise. A regimen that raises your heart rate for 20 to 30 minutes at a time.
Weight loss especially if your excess weight is stored in your abdominal area (which mine is)
Eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
Add soluble fiber to your diet.
Increase the monounsaturated fats in your diet such as canola oil or olive oil and in the fats found in peanut butter.
Regular consumption of cranberry juice has been found to raise HDL levels.
Eat fish and other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids. My doctor order 4 supplements of fish oil a day.
Calcium supplements may be beneficial especially in postmenopausal women.

I also had an EKG and they gave me a tetanus shot. Got a referral for a gyno and dermatologist as well. My doctor said I have the trifecta for skin cancer, light skin, light eyes and moles and the Florida sun is like a laser beam so he wants skin checks once a year. I can't complain... at least they are thorough.

But bad cholesterol? I'm only 38! Dang.


RollerScrapper said...

I totally fold and make my clothes near with the underwear hidden, so you are not alone! Sorry to hear about the cholesterol! I knew a skinny kid in college with high genetic cholesterol, so while we had wednesday wings, he'd eat a ketchup packet. :(

PJ said...

I love that you share personal stuff and then cap it off with valuable information too! Love you so much and miss you tons. xo my friend