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Cholesterol test results are back

The results of my cholesterol test are in, and they're not the greatest, but not really unexpected. I mean, I'm dieting for a reason, right? So here they are:

  • Cholesterol 6.3 mmol/L (ideal range 3.5-5.5)
  • Triglycerides 0.9 mmol/L (ideal 0.5-2.0)
  • HDL Cholesterol 1.31 mmol/L (ideal >1.00)
  • LDL Cholesterol 4.6 mmol/L (ideal <3.5)
  • LDLC/HDLC 3.5 (ideal <4.0)
  • Chol/HDLC 4.8
  • Fasting Glucose 4.7 mmol/L (ideal 3.6-6.0)

So, what does all this mean? Well, in sequence: my total cholesterol level is above normal; my triglicerides are OK; my High Density cholesterol (the good ones that collect fact from around the body (says my doctor)) levels are good; my Low Density cholesterol (the bad ones that deposit fat around the body) levels are above normal; the ratio between the two is OK (so I need to do something, but not panic). The Chol/HDLC ratio is above normal; and my fasting glucose is OK.

Yeah ok, but what does it actually mean? It means I'm not about to kark it just now, and that I can take steps to lower these levels and in so doing reduce my risk of having a heart attack or something.

I had the test at the very start of my diet, which was the 10-Jan-2006, and as you will notice is just after Christmas and all that. Not that I am making any excuses or anything, because the fact of the matter is that I need to lower my Cholesterol.

I need to reduce the amount on cholesterol forming foods that I eat. For me the big one is chocolate. And cheese. And butter. Bugger. But I can eat all the fresh green vegetables that I want!

I like to have target to reach, so here are the targets that I asked my doctor to set for me:

  • Total Cholesterol <5.3 mmol/L
  • LDL Cholesterol <3.5 mmol/L

My next test is in July-2006.

Cam.

PS I've lost a little more weight, but not as much as the first couple of weeks. I'm now 89.8kg, so back under 90kg! yay!