"Your thyroid function is perfect...normal blood sugar, normal liver and kidney functions."
I expected those to be fine. My blood sugar has always been normal (not even gestational diabetes), so no surprises there. The cholesterol levels were what made me really happy:
"Your [total] cholesterol is wonderful at 131."
Triglycerides are 46.
HDL (good) cholesterol is 59.
LDL (bad) cholesterol is 59.
So what should these levels be? This is what I learned from the Mayo Clinic website.
Total cholesterol of 200 and below is desirable.
Triglycerides below 150 is desirable (American Heart Association lists below 100 as optimal).
HDL cholesterol of 60 and above is best.
LDL cholesterol of 70 and below is ideal for people at very high risk of heart disease.
WOW! I'm so excited about these results!
There are easy things that I do every day to keep these levels in the healthy range. I'm not a doctor or a health professional. I know there is debate in the news about whether supplements are harmful, but I prefer to use my own experience with my own body as a guide.
Some of the things that seem to help with my blood counts are
1. Flaxseed Oil. I take a flaxseed oil capsule every night. The Omega 3s in flaxseed oil may improve overall cholesterol and trigylceride levels. (medicinenet.com)
2. Avoiding saturated fat and transfats. Most of the meals we eat are vegetarian. When we do eat meat, it is usually fish or chicken for supper, only eating red meat once every two weeks. Sometimes I cook with olive oil, but we do use butter and never margarine.
3. Staying away from fast food. I've only eaten fast food about three times since my baby was born.
What do you do to take care of your health?