For about the last 5 years I have been dealing with having High Cholesterol. Every year this is an on-going discussion with me and my doctor and it always ends with her telling me " you have got to get this under control, Bobbie, I don't want to have to put you on medicine to help control it." But somehow I always convince her to let me work on lowering it myself with out being prescribed something. Well that has since changed.....
March 30 was my appointment for my annual well woman exam, during this visit blood is drawn for numerous tests: Iron, thyroid, HIV, diabetes, hepatitis C, vitamin D and of course the lipid panel to test for cholesterol levels. Now here I am preparing to talk her out of prescribing me medicine when she call me with my results, because I know I have not been really pro-active in lowering my cholesterol, but it still didn't help to try-again.
On April 14 my doctor called with my results and all my other blood work was good except my cholesterol and my vitamin D levels-again (may write a post later on this, smh). As I listened to my doctor give me the news I have become accustomed to hearing year-after-year, I was still preparing for my year-after-year speech as well. Nope, not this time...she was not having it! She started explaining to me that I am at risk of having a stroke or heart attack and that I need to do a "Lifestyle Modification" which will include being on medicine.
Let me give you some numbers:
Normal Range for Cholesterol Total: 125-199 My total Cholesterol: 252
My LDL (bad cholesterol) is 171 and my HDL (good cholesterol) is 59 Yes, this is extremely high!
I would be lying if I said I don't know why my cholesterol is high...it's high because of fast food! :(
So, how will I be lowering my cholesterol?
- Exercising (currently)
- Low fat diet
- Eliminating fast food (the culprit in this matter)
- Cooking more at home
- Taking my medication as prescribed
- Adding wheat bran(helps in lowering cholesterol) to my oatmeal and smoothies daily
Do you know anyone who is battling high cholesterol?