I recently had my annual physical. This year’s exam was at 12 noon, so they asked me to come back 2 weeks’ later early in the morning for fasting bloodwork, which produced some interesting results.
The good news:
My glucose (97) and A1C (5.4) were both good, so no diabetes.
My total cholesterol had dropped a LOT, from 218 in July 2013 to 147 now.
The bad news:
I had gained 9 lbs in a year according to their scale.
My HDL (good cholesterol) had fallen from 62 to 33, meaning that my TC/HDL ratio had actually risen from 3.5 to 4.5, despite the big drop in the total number.
More exercise! It’s the best way to bring up the HDL value. I’ve run 5ks before and I know I can get back to it with some sustained effort. This week of sickness really put a wrench in my gym plans. I can’t wait until the weather warms up and I can walk/run outside again. The treadmill is so boring in comparison.