Ok, drumroll please.....the readings (close your eyes!!! look away!!!!! it is not good.......)
Total Cholesterol: 234 (when did that happen??? Just a few months ago it was normal. Darn pastries.
LDL: 173 (gasp!)
Glucose: 126 (gasp!)
Obviously these were not the numbers I was expecting. Someone needs to make better food choices. :)
For you reading pleasure:
This site has some info on what you should look for regarding your cholesterol numbers (or just read what I copied and pasted below):
|Total Cholesterol Level||Category|
|Less than 200 mg/dL||Desirable level that puts you at lower risk for coronary heart disease. A cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL or higher raises your risk.|
|200 to 239 mg/dL||Borderline high|
|240 mg/dL and above||High blood cholesterol. A person with this level has more than twice the risk of coronary heart disease as someone whose cholesterol is below 200 mg/dL.|
|HDL Cholesterol Level||Category|
|Less than 40 mg/dL|
Less than 50 mg/dL
|Low HDL cholesterol. A major risk factor for heart disease.|
|60 mg/dL and above||High HDL cholesterol. An HDL of 60 mg/dL and above is considered protective against heart disease.|
Smoking, being overweight and being sedentary can all result in lower HDL cholesterol. To raise your HDL level, avoid tobacco smoke, maintain a healthy weight and get at least 30-60 minutes of physical activity more days than not.
People with high blood triglycerides usually also have lower HDL cholesterol and a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Progesterone, anabolic steroids and male sex hormones (testosterone) also lower HDL cholesterol levels. Female sex hormones raise HDL cholesterol levels.
The lower your LDL cholesterol, the lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, it's a better gauge of risk than total blood cholesterol. In general, LDL levels fall into these categories:
|LDL Cholesterol Level||Category|
|Less than 100 mg/dL||Optimal|
|100 to 129 mg/dL||Near or above optimal|
|130 to 159 mg/dL||Borderline high|
|160 to 189 mg/dL||High|
|190 mg/dL and above||Very high|
Triglyceride is the most common type of fat in the body. Many people who have heart disease or diabetes have high triglyceride levels. Normal triglyceride levels vary by age and sex. A high triglyceride level combined with low HDL cholesterol or high LDL cholesterol seems to speed up atherosclerosis (the buildup of fatty deposits in artery walls). Atherosclerosis increases the risk for heart attack and stroke.
|Less than 150 mg/dL||Normal|
|150–199 mg/dL||Borderline high|
|500 mg/dL and above||Very high|
The main therapy to reduce triglyceride levels is to change your lifestyle. This means control your weight, eat a heart-healthy diet, get regular physical activity, avoid tobacco smoke, limit alcohol to one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men and limit beverages and foods with added sugars. Visit your healthcare provider to create an action plan that will incorporate all these lifestyle changes. Sometimes, medication is needed in addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
A triglyceride level of 150 mg/dL or higher is one of the risk factors of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk for heart disease and other disorders, including diabetes.
So, as you can see, just knowing your Total Cholesterol is nearly pointless except to calculate the other numbers. And each one of those numbers affects the other ones. Generally, if you can get your HDL number higher, your triglycerides will be lower as will the LDL number.
So, ok, back to the healthy eating. Fruits and veggies for Tigger!!!
So, here are all of the readings that I took this morning when I woke up:
Blood pressure: 102/71 and pulse is 70
****a new number, the pulse pressure, has been given a lot of attention lately. It is the difference
between the top number and the bottom number. So mine would be 102 minus 71. That = 31,
which is good. "They" say that you should be aiming for 50 or preferrably under.
Here is a link to a site with info on pulse pressure if you are curious: Pulse Pressure
I use the Relion automatic monitor. The pink one that says for women. You can also
get larger cuffs to use with it for men or larger arms.
Triglycerides: 109 (seems ok until you see that LDL number I got)
This number is a bit murky regarding the ideal number because it can vary so much depending on
activity and what/when you last ate. Try to establish what is a normal pattern for you over time.
Here is a link that might be helpful: Glucose readings
So, ok, now.......a 90 day test on myself. I am going to try the raw vegan thing for 90 days and start running again. I have not run for a month because of severe pain in both knees. Not sure what it is all about, but hopefully this shall pass as well with the change of diet. Diet, exercise, and supplements. Oh boy! LOL. I will update the results after each 30 day period just to see how it is going. Here is a list of the supplements and vitamins that I like to use:
salmon oil (one gel cap twice per day)
raw thyroid (one per day)
raw adrenal ( one twice per day)
vitamin C (primarily from fresh oranges)
iron (one per day)
b12 (one per day)
multi (the hair/skin/nails variety with biotin)
zinc (just once in awhile as I am prone to cold sores)
iodoral (iodine - twice per day during the 90 days test)
I would like to get away from all the supplements as well. My last test said my thyroid was hypo with a number of 12. It had been at like 5 or 6 the year before. Hopefully we can stop that trend! I have no interest in the whole "take this little pill for the rest of your life" thing. I know people who take synthroid and tell me, "it's no big deal, it is just a tiny little pill. easy to swallow. and you don't even notice that you took it." Hmmm......first, shouldn't you be noticing it? Shouldn't you be feeling better??? And two....one tiny little drop of say...pulonium....just a drop that you can barely see with your eye......no big deal. Easy to swallow. But dead within a few weeks. I do not care how tiny the pill is......side affects can be big. And synthroid has its fair share of problems that it contributes to or even causes. So no thank you, kind pharmaceutical companies.
Ok, I need a quick nap and then a huge day of things to accomplish.