Blood test results: Good and not as good news
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
I got my blood test results in the mail today, including notes from my doctor. My A1c is down to 6.1. Doctor's note: "Great result! Well below diabetic range." The recommended range is 4.8 to 5.6, so I could go a little lower. But last winter I was up to 7.9, which is what motivated me to start taking SP seriously. So the goal of lowering my blood sugar is working!
My cholesterol numbers are not so good. LDL 156. It should be under 100. HDL is only 38. It should be 40 or higher. I've not been trying to control my cholesterol intake. We have bacon with breakfast pretty often. I drink whole milk from our beautiful goat and eat whole-milk yogurt we make ourselves. I eat goat cheese almost daily. We have red meat pretty often, although not as much since we started raising meat chickens. We also raise layers. I eat eggs almost everyday, if not for breakfast, then for lunch.
I was a vegan for 20+ years. My cholesterol was a little lower when I was a vegan but not by that much ... and I was younger then.
My doctor knows I don't like to take medication. I am unhappy about the 2 pills I am currently taking. My doctor's note says: "Experts recommend you take a statin. Let me know what you think."
So the question is whether I cut out bacon, scrapple, etc., and cut back on red meat and see if I can lower the cholesterol this way? Or do I take another pill?
I am particularly unhappy with the idea of a statin since I go through periods of pretty frequent leg and hand cramps which I fear a statin might exacerbate.
Not to be ungrateful ... I am very grateful my A1c is down ... but shoot.