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Its official...my cholesterol issues are genetic :-(

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Dang it!!!! I have been an absolute angel the past few months with my eating and getting my fitness done and logged. I had a fasting blood draw last week for today's doctor's appointment. Well, after pleading with my doctor to go off my cholesterol meds and being good as gold, my numbers were UP. So, I will be placed back on to cholesterol meds. The good news is my blood pressure was AWESOME and I can stay off those meds AND my anxiety is under control so I am not taking those.

Because I have reached the wonderful age of 50 I get to have a colonoscopy but I don't dread it at all. I am thinking of it as a great opportunity to drop another pound or two with all the prep that needs to be done for it.

I had the other tests a good girl should have and it feels wonderful to be proactive like this. My gameplan is to be everything my mom wasn't with my health. To all of my female Spark Friends...PLEASE remember to have your mammograms done...PLEASE. It does no good to ignore this very very easy test and it pays dividends to have it done.

I feel better and better every passing day and I thank the good Lord for SparkPeople!

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    My mom has diabetes, high blood pressure, and struggles with weight issues... I watch her struggle from day to day, I also don't want to deal with all that in the future!!

    A mammogram is good, and there is a foundation that pays for them if you have no insurance or little insurance... so there really is NO excuse!

    Let me give you one more suggestion on your cholesterol. My dad has high cholesterol and after trying several medications that made his muscles ache, or made him extremely tired, etc... he tried a natural remedy that WORKED for him. It is by Nature Made and is called Cholestoff. You can buy it at like Walmart, Walgreens, CVS.. and they sometimes have buy one get one free sales. So, if your meds bother you, ask you doctor if you could try Cholestoff for a month. My dad's levels were down to a healthy level, and his doctor told him to keep it up, whatever works to keep those levels down!!

    I am proud of you being so active to take care of yourself and stay healthy! Keep up the good work!

    4237 days ago
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    Laurie, I am glad to hear that you don't have to take blood pressure or anxiety meds any more. That has to feel wonderful!
    As far as cholesterol meds goes at least you know that you have done what you can do on your own first. I actually take statins too, I tried to move the number down on my own, years ago but couldn't. I weighed less than I do now so my lower weight had no effect on the numbers either.

    I always make sure to have my yearly medical tests too. My mom doesn't because she says she doesn't want to find out if something is wrong. In fact she has never had a mammo and her sister had a mastectomy...that wasn't even enough to make her take better care of herself.


    4238 days ago
    i love how you are fighting strong not to be on those meds....so many people would just accept the meds...

    having had been in the pharmaceutical industry for many years, i understand that some medicines are to be taken just because of your genetic predisposition....yikes, i;m afraid to take my cholestrerol, not that i am concerned about what i eat, just that high cholesterol runs in my family...

    take care
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