June 15, 2009

Better Cholesterol Ratios

Filed under: health — origamifreak @ 12:18 pm
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When my BMI dropped below 40 which meant I was no longer morbidly obese, I made an appointment with my doctor to redo my bloodwork, just to find out if anything had changed.  It had.

Since February when I got my physical (and permission to lift weights), the following stats have changed:

  • glucose from 91 mg/dl to 86
  • Total cholesterol from 176 mg/dl to 154
  • HDL from 39 mg/dl to 38
  • chol/HDL ratio from 5 to 4, bringing me from a risk between 1-2x average down to a risk of 0.5-1x average
  • triglycerides from 111 mg/dl to 67

The last two are pretty cool.  The only problem so far is that the HDL dropped a little, and it’s already lower than it should be (50-60 mg/dl for a female).  They said the only way to raise it is with exercise (of which I’m already doing a lot more than I was before) and eating resveratrol.  Since heart problems run in my family, I think I will look for a supplement next time I am in a pharmacy.  The American Heart Association website says that maintaining a healthy body weight also helps raise HDL, so as I continue to lose weight, perhaps it will go up.

P.S.  On Saturday when I had to bag my bike ride due to thunderstorms I fell asleep with my HR monitor on.  When I woke from the nap it said “41.”  Eventually it went up to around 50 as I started moving around.  This is apparently extremely low, especially for a female in her 40s.  I suppose it’s due to all the endurance sports I used to do when younger and the fact that I’m starting to do them again.  In my 20s my HR was in the 30s when I first woke up.  If I can see it in the 30s again I’ll be well pleased.  Given how things are going, I won’t be surprised to get there, eventually.



  1. Ah, at last, a use for that pesky Japanese knotweed. It is a pernicious invader which used to be planted as a garden plant–which I find very difficult to fathom.

    Those stats are pretty impressive. Did the Dr. know you? Or did he think you sent a substitute?

    Comment by jpm14 — June 16, 2009 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

    • Hehe. Maybe the ravening hordes of people trying to lower their cholesterol will eat up the weed problem. Or not.

      The doctor said he recognized my face, but that was about it.

      Comment by origamifreak — June 17, 2009 @ 8:08 am | Reply

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