My first experience with this test (read about it here, 5th paragraph under Life Changers), told me I had high LDL cholesterol. The test, true to its purpose, made me proactive. I researched, told my doctor about it and made some changes in my diet and exercise. High cholesterol causes plaques to build up in your veins, restricting the flow of blood which can cause strokes, heart attacks, and chest pains (Mayo, 2001). I definitely do not want any of those.
The results this time around? My LDL cholesterol is down to 87! Good LDL cholesterol should be below 100. I'd still like to see it drop a bit farther, especially since cholesterol naturally rises in women as they get older. However it is a start!
But there was some bad news too. My total iron level is high. Isn't that an odd thing? I think for most women it's hard to keep your iron up to where it should be, but to have it high? That's seems crazy. My iron is at 212 and they want it between 35-155, so I feel like it is way high. I need to find some time to do research on this and figure out what to do to fix it. I'm pretty sure one of my friends told me that green tea blocks the abosprtion of iron. If that's true, I'll have to start drinking it more than I do right now!
Do you work in a place where they are proactive about health?
Have you ever had your blood drawn for testing? Did you freak out, because I was so freaked out on the way there that I had to do breathing exercises to calm myself!?!
Mayo Clinic Staff, . (2001, June 1). High cholesterol. In Mayo clinic. Retrieved April 4, 2012, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-cholesterol/DS00178/DSECTION=complications