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.