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Blood Test Results - Then & Now

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I just got my blood test results from my physical last week and I am happy! Two years ago my health was abysmal. Here are my numbers from then:

Weight: 248 lbs
Blood Pressure: 135/95
Glucose: 121
Cholesterol: 244
Triglycerides: 195
HDL (good) cholesterol: 24

It was all bad news. My doctor wanted to put me on two different cholesterol meds - one to lower my bad cholesterol and one to raise my good cholesterol. She also felt I was nearing the point where I needed blood pressure meds and she diagnosed me as pre-diabetic on the fast track to diabetes. I was 248 lbs - morbidly obese and very sedentary. Walking a flight of stairs left me huffing for breath. It was pretty grim. I told her I wanted to hold off on the medications and give me a chance to do this on my own.

Well, two years and a whole lot of determination and work have turned things around for me. Here are my numbers today:

Weight: 165 lbs.
Blood Pressure: 110/70
Glucose: 86
Cholesterol: 203
Triglycerides: 100
HDL (good) cholesterol: 43

I am so very happy!!!! All my numbers are now in normal ranges with the exception of cholesterol. They like to see that under 200, but I am pretty dang close now. My mother had high cholesterol so I think genetics are working against me there, but my lifestyle has certainly helped tremendously. My doc says I have successfully turned things around without medications. This makes me even more motivated to lose these final few pounds. It's never too late. Life is good!!!
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  • JAMILAH269
    You see where you were a year ago. You made progress within that year with small steps. You may have made even more progress this year by using the same method. All things are changeable and all you needed was that small shift to get going. Now you're off enjoying a new life and may think this is old news. This is a piece of history that you should cherish and appreciate with all of your might. The past isn't over, it is in living motion. It lives within you forever. It is a transparent, yet powerful foundation that may lead you to bigger things!
    2054 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/3/2012 7:22:54 PM
    Theresa, first, congratulations! That is so awesome! 2nd, I have a tip for you. Eat a half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day, every day. You can sprinkle it in cereal, on toast, or in coffee or tea. Do that every day for 6 months, and I promise you that your cholesterol will be below 200 without meds. High cholesterol runs on both sides of my family. Mine was at 256. Without making any other changes, or losing weight, it went down to 191 in just 6 months by doing this. If you happen to really hate the taste of cinnamon, you can buy it at most health food stores in capsule form, but you will way overpay. They try to claim that their cinnamon is a better, higher quality form, but there have been studies that have shown that there is no difference between regular, supermarket cinnamon and the fancy health food store stuff.
    2629 days ago
  • SAL2525
    Wow that is just wonderful~ sAL
    2740 days ago
    Good for you! These are amazingly encouraging numbers!
    2750 days ago
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