I did a follow-up visit with my doctor today after having blood work done last week. She didn't seem overly-concerned with my numbers but still wanted to go over them with me. One of the subjects that came up was my cholesterol.
Overall, I'm at 151, which is good. I'm guessing that my healthier eating has been paying off!
Triglycerides look good too at 96. My ratio is 4.87, a reasonable number. LDL is 101, which looks good as well. But the HDL (the good cholesterol)? It's low
at 31. This sorta puzzles me. I mean, I understand the possible risks and why it happens, but not why it's specifically happened to me . . .
She suggested that I take flax oil supplements to raise my HDL, but the odd thing is that I already have been taking flax pills daily
for the past five months.
I've started increasing my dosage as of today, but wonder what my numbers would have looked like had I not been taking them at all!
I had a hard time comprehending all these numbers being thrown at me all at once at the office (I'm looking over my numbers again now), and I'm also having a hard time understanding what the ratio means exactly. Anyone here got any insight to share? Even the doctor found it odd that my HDL was low when everything else looked ok.