Friday, January 14, 2011

Checking up on the Cholesterol

Had a check-up this morning! The nurse who weighed me was happy, my Dr. was happy and my cholesterol levels were happy!
Not super-duper happy, but definitly happy!
My LDL was very high, which is why my Dr. put me on meds for a month in August. I was supposed to watch my diet as well and come back in November. Well, November turned into January and my LDL went from 195mg/dL down to 146 mg/dl. I am quite pleased. I never really paid attention to the numbers before, just let the Dr. figure it all out. But now that I'm on a path to better health, the numbers take on new meaning!

LDL Cholesterol Levels
Less than 100 mg/dLOptimal
100 to 129 mg/dLNear Optimal/ Above Optimal
130 to 159 mg/dLBorderline High
160 to 189 mg/dLHigh
190 mg/dL and aboveVery High

Next up is my triglyceride level:

August had me at 194 mg/dL and November has me at 157 mg/dL. Still in the same catagory, but at opposite ends of the ruler!

  • Normal: less than 150 mg/dL
  • Borderline-High: 150–199 mg/dL
  • High: 200–499 mg/dL
  • Very High: 500 mg/dL
And then there's my Total Blood Cholesterol Level
And now that I see the numbers and read the risks, it kinda scares me that I've been so matter-of-fact about it. August  was 281mg/dL which is high risk and now I'm down to 221 mg/dl which is borderline.

Less than 200 mg/dL: Desirable
200–239 mg/dL: Borderline-High Risk
240 mg/dL and over: High Risk 

So, I'm still borderline high with most of my numbers here, but Dr. was happy that it's going down with no meds and so am I!
This is a NSV but a Blood Test Victory!

See you on Monday for Weigh In!



  1. You are def. on the right path and that is awesome. Bet it feels great. Keep going girl!! You are worth it! :)


  2. Terrific work. Going down, just like your weight!!! YEAH!!! You are kicking butt. Keep it up my friend.
    Take care and God Bless!!!

  3. That is great news!! This must be so inspiring for you- to see the results of all of your hard work!

  4. Congrats on the numbers ... be proud of yourself and your accomplishments!!!! So inspiring!!!!