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Thrown for a Loop

Friday, October 02, 2009

I saw the endocrinologist yesterday for my thyroid nodule and as I suspected I will need to have another biopsy. She agreed with me that my risk is low, but I need to have it checked. I will post results after the test.

BUT - She handed me an unexpected challenge. After being pleased that my BP, cholesterol, and Blood Sugar were improved this year, my new endocrinologist (I didn't like the one I saw last year for the thyroid problem) told me I have Metabolic Syndrome which puts me at high risk for Diabetes, Stroke and Cardiac problems. Since both my parents died from Heart Disease, I took notice. I had heard a little about Metabolic Syndrome but not much and didn't realize I had it. In brief The key points are:

1. Elevated waist circumference:
Men — Equal to or greater than 40 inches (102 cm)
Women — Equal to or greater than 35 inches (88 cm)
2. Elevated triglycerides:
Equal to or greater than 150 mg/dL
3. Reduced HDL (“good”) cholesterol:
Men — Less than 40 mg/dL
Women — Less than 50 mg/dL
4. Elevated blood pressure:
Equal to or greater than 130/85 mm Hg
5. Elevated fasting glucose:
Equal to or greater than 100 mg/dL

I have all 5 signs. Although the only one that is way out of whack is my waist measurement.

So....I will be taking a 2 hour Glucose Tolerance Test next week and if it is abnormal I will be started on an Oral Hypoglycemic to manage my blood sugar.

I was shocked and a little numb. I went from elation about the results of the Physical to shock that I had so many risk factors and that no one had told me until I finally started to manage my lifestyle thru Spark People.

After sleeping on it, I have decided to be glad that I know I have this and to have the ability to change it. I will be working even harder on my lifestyle changes.


  
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ENUFF81020 10/4/2009 3:40AM

    Hi there,

I stopped by to welcome you to the OA of the Lower Back team and I started reading your posts to meet you. I think it took courage to share such important and yet personal information here as early as you are into your Sparks program. I am proud of you...and it is important to absorb the idea that it is changeable. You are on the right path and can only get better because you value it. All of this will help you in dealing with your back pain as well. Think of where you will be in a month, two, New Years! Congratulations on being on your way. I hope that we can work together and get to a really special place in steady time.

God bless you,
Sylvia

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TIPPIMITCHELL 10/3/2009 4:13PM

  I can imagine how you must feel hit upside the head. How wonderful though that you know what you need to do and that you can take steps to manage things and control your health as best you can. I believe you'll be fine. Good for you. You sound really smart. I'm pulling for you.

I'm sorry for the loss of your parents. It's a tough loss.

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LMMONTES 10/2/2009 10:52PM

    Oh yes god bless the whole bunch of emoticon emoticon emoticon and I hope you can just emoticon emoticon

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JUST-AMY 10/2/2009 8:17PM

    Daisy dear--check in with me here....I got my thyroid removed in 2006. I got diagnosed as insulin resistant two days before you did....(another way to say "metabolic syndrome"). My doctor put me on a range of 35-55 carbs per day and NOTHING white carbs, like no white bread, white flour, white sugar, or white rice. The first two days were rough, then today I felt like a million bucks! So we shall see. I get my fasting labs drawn tomorrow. I have the large waist size and high cholesterol, etc. also.

Good luck and please keep us posted. I do wish you the best. Thank you for sharing. We are here for you!

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LOULOUBELLE2 10/2/2009 7:18PM

    Hi Daisy,
Don't blame you being thrown for a loop. You totally hadn't expected that...But thanks for posting the numbers...I'm having my yearly physical next week and will definately ask him about this. Thanks for sharing.
You are making good decisions for your health. This growing older is not as easy as described to me in "The Golden Years". Heck it takes lots of courage to be where we are.
Prayers are with you. Please keep us posted.
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RURAL3 10/2/2009 3:03PM

    It sounds like all those points would be common for most overweight people. And all of them can be changed. You are doing a great job of changing all of it. I think you will quickly come out of it and be free from it. Everything was improved this year and will continue to improve. You should be very proud of what you have done. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATVHALE 10/2/2009 10:04AM

  Daisy, my DH is a Type II Diabetic and he too, had a nodule or goiter on his Thyroid. It was benign but it was growing so he had 1/2 of his Thyroid removed. It was out patient surgery and he had no side effects afterwards. I just say that in case they want to remove the nodule. As far as the Diabetes, it is controllable and manageable. Just try not to eat anything that has more than 6 grams of Sugar in the ingredients. My DH uses Splenda and I always cook with Whole Wheat Flour and Pastas and I buy Sugar Free products which don't taste bad because I too, eat them.

Just stay focused and stick to your exercise routine and maybe step it up a bit so you can lose those inches around your waist. Don't worry about it. Now that you know the risks you can begin to overcome them!

God Bless You!

Kat

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GRANDMAZ23 10/2/2009 9:08AM

  Daisy - Thank goodness you changed doctors! I know you're worried about the possible medical conditions you could develop but you're on the right track now, doing the things that will help you to live a long and healthy life. Don't let the "possible" get you down. Thanks also for sharing the information about the elements of Metabolic Syndrome -- it looks like I have most of the key elements myself! You continue to take good care of yourself and keep us updated on your situation.
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GGCHET 10/2/2009 9:04AM

    gosh, sorry you have all this to deal with but........you got it right....."ability to change this". You can do it....Knowledge is power!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BECKYI39 10/2/2009 8:15AM

    It does sound like you were given a lot to think about, but it sounds like this new Doctor is better in that he/she want to keep you as healthy as possible.

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CHERIE682 10/2/2009 8:01AM

    That is a wake up call! My thoughts and prayers will be with you! Keep on sparking and get those numbers where they need to be!

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ALBA06 10/2/2009 7:51AM

  i'm sorry you have so much to think about but you have a very good attitude. it is important you know these things about yourself so you can do the things that will help you take care of them. i know its overwhelming and i understand i have diabetes and if follows me like an unwanted shadow, but better i know and do the right things than not know and have a problem. i wish you the very best and hope you will get it all in some order you can deal with. best wishes , melissa emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 10/2/2009 7:44AM

    Wow, what a shock!! I'll be thinking of you! You are right though, at least you do have the ability to change it. If you need any support, drop me a line, I'm on this site daily! Take care and good luck! Lyn emoticon emoticon

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Thyroid Issues

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Last year during my physical the doctor found an enlarged thyroid. Ultrasound showed I had 3 nodules. Biopsy showed they were non malignant. This year the ultrasound showed that one of the nodules has grown by 25% so today I see an endocrinologist. I think she will recommend another biopsy. I don't want to have the procedure done, but I will. I'm pretty confident it will be negative again, but its a stress just the same. All my thyroid blood tests were normal so I'm sure its nothing. I'll be glad to have this behind me.

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POLYANASUNSHINE 10/1/2009 7:54PM

    I will be praying for negative test results. Seems like it is always something to keep us worrying! emoticon

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FUNNYGRANNY71 10/1/2009 6:59PM

    I hope everything will be OK. I am just like you, if all the labs came back OK, I am sure it will turn out to be nothing. I got all my cardiac tests back except one and so far everything is OK. Keep Smiling.
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REDCAT4 10/1/2009 1:51PM

    I will be praying for you that positive results to your tests.
I will ask for complete healing. I too had the same problem but mine ended in surgery. Removal of my thyroid. I take meds for the rest of my life. It is one of the reason I gained so much weight which lead me to SP. I have had a struggle losing the weight but with God first, Sparkpeople and lots of exercise I am where I am today.

But you are going to be healed....We are going to believe that!

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LOULOUBELLE2 10/1/2009 11:45AM

    Pray that test prove negative...but you have to check for your peace of mind. I agree take Bucky for a long walk, not sure about the swimming, pretty darn cool for that unless you go to an indoor pool. know my prayers are with you.

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RURAL3 10/1/2009 8:17AM

    As we age gracefully in life there is always something to keep us stressed. Get out there and do your walk with Bucky and swim swim swim. It is so nice that we can exercise off some of that now. I will be praying for your good test results. emoticon

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Savoring

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's good to take time to enjoy the little things. Watching my cat explore a new cubbyhole she just found. Listening to 60's music while doing my strength exercises. Stretching without pain. Watching the sun come up on another lovely day. Anticipating a healthy breakfast. Having a job to go to. Looking to see if my friends have posted yet today. Looking forward to the weekend. I could go on and on, but the main thing is when I feel fit and healthy (even though still overweight) life takes on new meaning and I am savoring every moment and praying that this will be the time that I continue to live this way.

  
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MA2DAPPLES 10/1/2009 1:05AM

    I so agree with you. I give thanks to the Lord every day for the little things in my life that bring such joy to me. It is not the big things that get me through the day but ordinary things are so special like a kiss from my husband, the song of the birds, watching the dogs play, and on and on.


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LOULOUBELLE2 9/30/2009 12:06PM

    Great Idea Daisy, Wonderful blog.
Counting our blessings is always uplifting........
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ABERLAINE 9/30/2009 10:53AM

    There are so many little things we can be thankful for, if we only recognize them in our lives. Thanks for the reminder!

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RURAL3 9/30/2009 9:45AM

    I am all with you Nancy....except for the job one. I love retirement. But you have your beautiful weekend home. Life is good.

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BECKYI39 9/30/2009 8:46AM

    I love how positive your blog is. Being positive can make a huge difference, keep it up!!

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All Quiet and Good

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I am feeling good about my slow steady progress. So all is quiet on the calorie front. I am enjoying the beautiful fall weather. emoticon

I even went bike riding when I got home from work yesterday. emoticon

I am trying to decide whether I want to work with the DVD or walk this am. Since this is supposedly the last sunny warm day for a while, I think I'll take Bucky for a walk.
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Life is good.

  
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RURAL3 9/29/2009 8:56PM

    enjoy that weather while you can. It disappears too quickly.

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JUST-AMY 9/29/2009 10:21AM

    Lucky Bucky!

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LKWQUILTER 9/29/2009 8:51AM

    You are certainly doing great. I love this beautiful weather we are having too.

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Changing

Monday, September 28, 2009

I like this new lifestyle. Some of the early excitement has worn off, but the deep contentment of living a healthy life is still there. I don't need to impress anyone with great numbers for my weight loss, or present a stunning figure - no one cares about a stunning figure on a 62 year old unless she's a movie star. emoticon What I care about now is the fact that I am not thinking about food all the time and when I do its about what kind of healthy food do I want for this meal. I have found new foods that I never thought I would try - hummus, greek yogurt, spaghetti squash, ... I am exercising - even strength training which I hated when I first started this journey 3 months ago. My clothes are comfortable on me. I was wearing tight 24's and now am getting into my old 20's and they are comfortable. I have new energy and new enthusiasm for life. It may not be exciting but it sure is rewarding.

  
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DAISYBELL6 9/28/2009 7:42PM

    I'm sorry people thought I was being down on myself or people over 60. I was joking (that's why I used the emoticon emoticon). I am very happy with myself right now and my husband thinks I'm great. I just meant that I'm not worried about attracting men at this time.

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FUNNYGRANNY71 9/28/2009 3:54PM

    Maybe I am nuts, but I do believe that people (men or women) can still care about 62 year old women. I am 70 years old and I can still attract some men. And my 74 year old husband is still crazy about me. I have been overweight all my life and when I was a single adult, I never had to wait long between dates. Happiness is a choice and I also believe that personality goes a long way. Please don't be so hard on yourself. It gets you nowhere.
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LOULOUBELLE2 9/28/2009 11:06AM

    Don't you dare say that no ones cares about a 62 year old...That's SO NOT TRUE. You are an inspiration to others even if you don't realize it. Besides I care....We young at heart gals need to look as healthy as we can. It shows the younger generation that "healthy" isn't a matter of age!!!

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GRANDMAZ23 9/28/2009 8:49AM

  Good for you! I know exactly how you feel! Eating different but delicious food that I'd never have touched before ... Having more energy through-out the day and sleeping better at night ... And actually feeling comfortable in my clothes, instead of stuffed ... What a difference 3 months have made for both of us!
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