Good News on the Health Screen Front

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I had my health screen last week, and the blood work was done up all nice and all.

My fasting glucose is at 89. *(I don't have the units to hand, but I suspect they are standard.) No real change from last April.

My cholesterol went down from 215 to 192 since April this year.

My HDL, LDL and triglycerides went down, too. Triglycerides are something like 54 I think, or maybe that was the old number. At any rate, my cholesterol/HDL level ratio is now 2.3 as opposed to the old 2.4. I must be doing someting right. I must have been doing it right even when the cholesterol level was 215. Prior to that, a couple years previous, my cholesterol level was 209, but my HDL was not nearly so strong as it is now, since when I switched to a mostly sort of Primal/Paleo diet. Of course, this is an experimental result reflecting a case study of ONE.

The interesting thing is that this time I decided to eat seafood the night before the latest blood test. (On purpose. I do eat a lot of seafood anyway, so it is not an attempt to pull a fast one.) What you eat the night before IS depicted in your cholesterol results, fasting or not. Or so it seems to me.

Was this an ideal blood profile? Well it turns out my RBC's (red blood cells) are either too large or too small; can't recall as the data is at work and I'm here at home. Will look into that.

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    Love those labs and I love seafood too. My favorite protein.
    3032 days ago
    Thanks, folks! Cindy, I agree -- too much is made of cholesterol. My dad was deemed to be high cholesterol back in the day, and he's now been on statins for over 20 years. Which alas *might* be contributing to his early stage dementia. I think that the cholesterol score is irrelevant, but that the HDL score does have relevance. There's also a distinction between LDL and VLDL -- very low density lipoproteins, which they're still studying, but may indeed be the worse thing to have elevated. As both HDL and certain levels of regular LDL do have positive features in body metabolism.

    I posted the cholesterol score in part because it is so variable a few months apart -- I hadn't changed my diet at all since the April reading, although I did have the seafood (salmon, actually, in a little oil on the skillet as it was way too hot to put anything in the oven here that night). I hate it when doctors want to toss their victims, er, patients, onto statins because they register above 200. Some don't even care about HDL levels.

    3033 days ago
    It sounds like you are moving in the right direction. congrats!!
    3033 days ago
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    have you read MDA on cholesterol testing? I think it is irrelevant, I was eating crap, smoking and drinking for a living and mine has always been fine. I had to have been in poorer health than I am now but yet things haven't gone much different. I think a lot has to do with heredity and genetics.
    3033 days ago
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    Good for you! You doctor must be so happy.
    3033 days ago
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