I get a physical every year as part of my take-care-of-myself-and-live-a-good-long-time plan, and I just got the results back from my blood tests. I must admit, I was a bit leery about opening the envelope… after all, I try to eat decently but I’m far from perfect and my family history is not exactly encouraging. Plus, I’m overweight and closing in rapidly on the big 4-0.
My blood pressure has always been good (about 110/72) and that hasn’t changed. Of all the tests they run (it’s quite a list, from Vitamin D levels to nitrogen percentage), there were only two that my score was above the normal range: HDL and glucose.
The glucose, well, that is something I need to pay attention to. It was a fasting blood test, so high glucose at that point is a red flag for diabetes / prediabetes. Now, my number was only a few points outside the normal range, but it was elevated —- and I’m suspicious that the excess weight I’m carrying is the biggest factor behind it. (also, to be fair: a slight elevation in blood glucose level is common when a person is sick or has an infection. I do have an upper respiratory infection right now, but even if I take that into account my glucose level is in the danger area). Getting this number safely down into the normal range is part of my Get Healthier plan for this year.
I don’t know what to make of the elevated HDL number… That’s the ‘good’ cholesterol (the ‘bad’ cholesterol is LDL and I was smack-dab average on that score). Wouldn’t having more of the good stuff be a good thing? Again, the number was just a little above the average range, not sky-high. I’ll have to follow up with my doctor to get a debriefing on the results, but overall I was quite pleased.