I feel a little blindsided by this one. I had my cholesterol checked not long ago due to a family history of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Also have a strong family history of diabetes. I was really wary of that one since I have a sweet tooth and was sure that the diabetes was the one that I was needing to work against the hardest.
Anyway, I had cholesterol checked a year ago, was fine. In the mean time, joined the YMCA (downgraded from running to walking and biking since the extra weight was hard on my knees at my highest weight), started walking my kid to school everyday, and eating better to lose weight. I had lost 15 pounds by the time they rechecked my blood work in September. My doc left and never gave me the results. I lost another 15 pounds since then. I had to go in on Friday and casually ask about my test results since I wasn't there for that but figured I get my results. High cholesterol. All my numbers are good except the LDLs. I'm also in the high risk category.
I feel a little blindsided. I'm 33, I'm exercising, and losing weight (15 pounds overweight, now). Where did this come from? I guess I was deluding myself into believing that my efforts were enough, but they aren't.
Doc said to lose weight (on that), "improve your diet", exercise and we'll recheck my levels soon before moving to medications. There wasn't much guidance other than more exercise, a low fat diet, and lose weight. Those are kind of vague. Should I be aiming for time or intensity with the exercise? What foods in this low fat diet? Does anyone have any research links related to the low fat diet vs. the Mediterranean diet and cholesterol/hearth health?
I would welcome any personal experience, websites, information.
Thanks for listening to my ramble. I guess some people would be confused as to why I'm surprised. I suppose my response falls into the surprise that people have because you knew you were getting older chronologically, but where did those gray hairs come from? I know I was overweight but what do you mean I have weight/lifestyle related health issues... it shouldn't happen to me. Also, I have a mom who in her fifties had a pacemaker and defibrillator who is hospitalized a couple times a year. I don't want this test result to become that.
Oh, and on a side note: I hate fish! Anyone know how to learn to like it since everything I've read so far says I need to eat it at least 3 times a week?