New Numbers

Happy Birthday to my niece Anna! And happy belated birthday to my niece Rachel! I used to remember to send cards. I haven’t done that in a long time 🙁

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I went to the doctor for a physical on Friday. It’s been years since I did that. It felt good to get back on schedule with check-ups. I told the doctor I was trying to stay out of the sun to keep from getting cancer, and he did a body check of my moles. He took a couple of pictures. I’m supposed to come back in six months for a comparison.

I also had some blood tests done. I was mostly curious about my cholesterol levels. They have been creeping higher as I get older. From the memory archive on May 25, 2012:

According to my last entry about it in Bradaptation two years ago, my total cholesterol was 199 and the LDL was 144. This most recent test says 231/164. The doctor suggested some supplement things I could try. Flax seemed to help when I first started it. Maybe I’ll give some of these other things a try.

My numbers this time? Total cholesterol: 184. LDL: 105. The numbers are lower! I’m so surprised! I haven’t been eating flax for several years now. I stopped for some reason, and didn’t get back to it. I also haven’t been super-conscious about my diet. I mean, a lot of high-cholesterol foods are also acid triggers for my stomach, so I stay away from them. Other than that, I just sort of eat what I crave.

I guess whatever I’m doing is ok. Or maybe somebody is sneaking cholesterol medicine into my water…

Is that 7.1 number good or bad?  I'm a little unclear on that...

Is that 7.1 number good or bad? I’m a little unclear on that…

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3 Responses to New Numbers

  1. Lauren says:

    Congratulations! Yay!! Whatever mystery thing you’re doing – keep doing it!

    Yeah, that ‘Risk of Heart Disease’ line – is that a percentage? Percentile? Just 5 guys and 4.4 girls? These things should be labeled more clearly.

  2. Kristi says:

    Good job, Brad! Keep up the good eating. Perhaps those fresh fruits and vegetables on the island will lower the number even more.

  3. Debbie Fettig says:

    It’s the sunshine and happiness that you have now!! Eat on!

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