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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.

emoticon 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.
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    Congratulations...looks like that oatmeal and exercise is also helping increase your HDL. Such great progress you're making. You motivation is inspiring.
    1372 days ago
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    WAHOOO! Wow! What a difference. That has to be pretty encouraging for you! :) Congrats on your healthy choices paying off. Keep it up!
    1372 days ago
    I found out the other day some interesting information here on spark, leave off the salt because it will leach out the calcium in your bones.

    I am trying to look at my nutrition feedback and see where need to improve, so I have several areas too.

    Potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. So I made a list of those things that I should incorporate into my eating plan. It's hard to come close to it, but I figure if I eat some of those foods every day or every other day then hopefully I will be that much further ahead and better off.

    A lot of protein will leach calcium from the bones as well because it takes a lot of acid to burn up that type of food so to speak.

    So you might want to check out your nutrition feedback when you have the chance and then research here on spark or on the internet and find out what foods you should or shouldn't eat to help with the calcium.
    1373 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/23/2014 1:36:51 PM
    My cholesterol was up, but my doctor didn't break it down for me, just said it was fine. I'm hoping I receive a copy of the results so I have a better idea of what is going on. I had just come off 3 weeks of vacation and watching gks. Lots of eating out and I know I had not always selected the best options. I probably shouldn't have had the labs done that next day after our return. Maybe I will ask for another set in a few months. At home I've been eating well and exercising quite a bit so I should think the numbers would be better. Continued success to you!
    1373 days ago
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