I got a call from my doctor's office late yesterday to let me know the results of the (fasting) labwork for which blood was drawn at my annual physical on Monday. On a positive note, my fasting glucose and blood chemistries, thyroid panel, and complete blood count were all normal. So I have no thyroid problems, no diabetes or pre-diabetes, no liver or kidney function problems, and no anemia.
On the not-so-positive side, my lipid panel showed the following:
- Total cholesterol: 233 (should be less than 200)
- LDL: 171 (should be less than 130)
- HDL: 35 (should be more than 45)
- Triglycerides: 163 (should be less than 150)
My doctor told me to "maintain" my ideal body weight, exercise 5-6 days a week, and eat healthfully. (Hmm, where have I heard that before?) He also told me that if my numbers remain high, I will eventually have to go on a statin to lower them. However, I can't take statins while there is a chance I may become pregnant, so unless I go on birth control (not going to happen) or reach menopause (not for a few more years, I hope), that option is tabled for now.
I have my gym bag packed and have told MM that I will meet him there at 6:15.