Recent bloodwork results are in!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I had an appointment with my doctor today for an annual physical. I recently had some blood drawn for several tests so the doctor could monitor my health. I was a little concerned about what the tests would show. I worried that I might still be at the same levels where I was a year ago (where my doctor was on the verge of prescribing medications to prevent future problems). I asked and pleaded with her to give me some time to make some changes. She hesitantly agreed but made it known that if she did not see improvements, she would prescribe the medications.
I arrived at the office unsure of what to expect. The conversation began lightly where she asked the typical questions and entered my responses into her laptop. She then looked into the computer for the results of my recent mammogram and bloodwork. The mammogram came back normal. She then began to give me the results I was waiting for. I lost 2 pounds since my last visit (which was July 2010). My blood pressure was normal (which it usually is). She told me that my triglycerides were a little lower than last year but well within the normal range. My blood glucose was normal. She also stated that the remaining tests were all within normal ranges, including HDL, LDL, and total cholesterol. My HDL levels were slightly improved. My LDL and total cholesterol both dropped 20 points since last year. She said based on these results, I was not diabetic or pre-diabetic.
I thought she would comment on losing more weight but she did not. She seemed pleasantly surprised with my bloodwork and stated that it's obvious I've been watching what I eat. I told her that I was trying very hard to make sure I eat enough fruits and veggies and limit processed foods as much as possible.
I was so happy to hear these results that I felt like I was floating on a cloud most of the rest of the day. I had hoped things had improved but wasn't sure how much. I think this shows me that it's beginning to pay off by eating more fruits and veggies and making sure to drink a minimum of 64-70 ounces of water daily. After my daily minimum requirements have been met, I allow myself to drink other fluids such as tea. Hopefully, this is a precursor to many more unexpected surprises to come!