Today's lab results show I've got some work to do...
Monday, May 06, 2013
Well, I've committed myself to getting back into shape, eating healthier, and being more active than I had been for the last few years while in school and recovering from my accident. Today I received the results from my screening evaluation for a voluntary wellness program through my employer. Some of the results were great and much better than they had been in the past. However, I am concerned that my hemoglobin A1c result (which gives you an idea of how well your blood sugar has been controlled for the last 3 months) puts me at a pre-diabetic level of 6.3. My nurse practitioner had been tracking it and it has always been under 5.7 (which is the highest normal).
I guess I'll look at this as my wake-up call. My weight is up about 8 lbs from where I'd like to be but still considered normal for my height. I have been walking but not as consistently and certainly haven't been having the more intense cardio workouts like I did before the accident (this was almost always done on my bicycle), and my diet hasn't been consistent. So....starting today I'm committing to be serious about my activity level which I believe is the biggest reason for my elevated levels. I'll also make sure I eat less junk food which is a weak spot for me (cakes, cookies, ice cream) which should also take care of my weight gain.
On the upside my cholesterol is pretty good-total is 148, HDL is 50 (high for me but really would be better if it was over 60), LDL was 87, triglycerides were 55, and my fasting glucose was 93. My family history of heart attacks at a young age makes it especially important for me to get my lifestyle factors under control....so I'll keep you updated on my struggle to get back to a healthy me.