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February 22nd, 2008


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01:08 pm - Generally healthy
The University has a "Wellness Fair" today at the Rec Center. There were little displays about various activities at the center and about healthiness wedged into the space between some racquetball courts. They had some health screenings by the Boynton Health Service as well.

My blood pressure was 118/80, pretty much perfect. My BMI (for what it's worth) was 28.5, just a little above the recommended 18.5-24.9. My body fat was 21.6%, in the normal range for 40-year-old men. My non-fasting glucose was 92, very good.

The only strange result was cholesterol. 214 total with HDL of 18 and LDL of 172. I normally have pretty normal or even low cholesterol. These numbers are quite outside the recommended ranges. HDL should be 40+ and LDL under 130.

I've been meaning to get over to the rec center and check out their programs and if these cholesterol numbers are at all accurate, I could benefit from the exercise. I talked to the folks at the U of M aikido club for a bit, chatting briefly with one of the yoga instructors and watched part of a spin class.

I might be able to fit in some classes during the week without too much difficulty. And the health plan at the U includes a credit for going to a participating gym on a regular basis. (And the rec center, of course, participates.)

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From:buttonlass
Date:February 22nd, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Eep! Those levels of cholesterol need things like dietary changes and exercise and a visit to your doctor. The ratio should be much different than it is. The total number is high but the real issue is the LDL being so high and the HDL being so low. Get a real fasting test done if you can. Please?
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From:jbru
Date:February 22nd, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Well, the exercise is something I'm hoping to work in and, yeah, I eat pretty sucky. Too much cheese. (Can there be such a thing?)

I'm due for a doctor visit pretty quick, though, so I'll be sure to have them do blood draws then.
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From:dreamshark
Date:February 22nd, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
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I'm guessing there's something wrong with those test results, especially if your last cholesterol tests were normal. It's good that you'll be getting it double-checked soon.

Gratz on the great blood pressure! The only time my bp looks anything like that is when I'm almost asleep. :-)
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From:buttonlass
Date:February 22nd, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
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My cholesterol is 155 total. I refuse to think it's the cheeses fault since mine is nice and we all know my relationship with the stuff.:)

Don't just have another quick one done make sure to do the fasting version because it's so much more reliable. Nobody likes to worry over skewed results.

I'm sorry if I'm vehement but my family, as a whole, has the worst cholesterol of anybody. In the past two years I've lost two aunts to heart disease and I spent my entire life with a dad with heart disease. I like you, be careful.
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From:jbru
Date:February 22nd, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
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Don't be sorry; it's sweet.

I will be careful and I'll call a doctor in the nearish future. I'm also hoping to squeeze in some exercise (because I basically do none now) which will help no matter what.
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From:buttonlass
Date:February 22nd, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
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http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4500

Your math may be right but he should worry. With an HDL that low and a total cholesterol over 200, LDL levels not included at all, the American Heart Association recommends a further work up because of elevated risk of heart disease.

We just went over this in Nutrition at school.
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From:jbru
Date:February 22nd, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
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But worry = stress = bad for the heart and everything else! So I'm not going to worry. I'm also going to follow up to get more reliable results than the quickie test and try to get my lifestyle more healthy overall. But no stressing!
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