Blessings from the Lab
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I must be doing something right...
My labs from 7/18 have posted:
Total Cholesterol: 175 (down from 214 in April)
Triglycerides: 71 (down from 227)
HDL: 44 (up from 38)
VLDL: 14 (down from 45)
LDL: 117 (down from 131)
Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy: 27.1 (up from 18.3)
I learned that my greatly reduced Triglycerides means I don't have a lot of spare food digesting with nothing to do except cause trouble.
I learned that my LDL would be considered "near ideal" if it weren't for 2 factors: 1) I am over 60, and 2) both parents had heart disease. Those factors mean that a "good" LDL would be 75. Considering I'm not even halfway to a healthy weight from my April weigh-in, my doctor will encourage me to continue losing weight instead of drugging me.
I won this round!
My "secret weapon" to reducing cholesterol has been a lot of exercise and eating a double portion of Old-Fashioned oatmeal for breakfast and a healthy bean burrito for lunch. I get about 25 g of fiber a day, and half of that is soluble fiber.
As for the Vitamin D, I take D-3 1000 IU daily. I seem to resist eating enough calcium, so I think I should start using skim milk to make my oatmeal.
Now that I am cleaning up my lipid profile, my doctor will have a clearer view of what else is going on. He'll put on his detective hat and advise what else we should work on.