In one way you have (HDL) but in others ways you have not really improved. The one result that you did not report was your triglycerides for the last set. By calucuation, they should be around the 200 range, which is a bit over optimal. It could be that you are eating a lot of carbs, have some excess weight you could lose, or currently don't exercise. If there is improvement that you could make in any of those 3 areas, you may want to try it. If you already feel that you cannot reduce your carb intake anymore, cannot lose any more weight, or are already exercising regularly, then personally, I would request meds from my GP (or endocrinologist) to help me to lower the TG and LDL.
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Thank you for your replies. And I am glad I have improved but am still confused as to which of each result means what and what I should be worried about more - overall no. or tri, HDL or LDL? How serious are they? I am though a she. My results were more detailed this year as I went to a new doctor so cannot give more on 2002. I do have to confess I would like to lose a few more pounds. Am 5' 6'' and wieght 152 as of last visit to doctor with clothes and shoes on and between 40 and 50. So does this extra info help? I know this is not grosely overweight but none the less a few more pounds could come off. I do exercise a lot but also love my cheese and only use canola and olive oil and canola margarine. So If I have to give up fats can I still have cheese and which fats can I eat/use if I must have some. Dr did not mention carbs whats the story here?
To be honest, your numbers aren't that bad, but yes, you could improve them and its great that you are intersted in doing so.
What worked for me was dropping the extra weight. I did low carb it so keep my TGs down at the start, but now that BMI went from over 30 down to 22, I can get away with pounding bread and chocolate and some nights, and still have very low TGs during blood draws. For some people, and I am one of them, the weight that one is at can have a huge impact upon the lipid values.
If you decide to approach this by losing weight, please keep us posted of any improvements, because I (and probably others) are very interested in seeing if that does help in your case.
Thanks I plan to go the lose the weight route. So at this stage am reducing fats do not think I can stop all(have to cook with something but will use canola or olive), going the brown rice whole wheat route. Also will step up exercise intensity. I will keep you posted. LRW
Originally posted by LRW: Thanks I plan to go the lose the weight route. So at this stage am reducing fats do not think I can stop all(have to cook with something but will use canola or olive), going the brown rice whole wheat route. Also will step up exercise intensity. I will keep you posted. LRW
You might also consider going low carb, then you could eat your cheese. If interested, I would suggest you do some reading first to understand the principle behind low carb eating.
Hello LRW, How much cheese and what kind is what I have found that really matters. Some cheeses have just as much total fat and saturated fat in them as a cheap cut of meat. Lite cheese is a much better idea than regular cheese, but you still have to keep it to no more than 1 serving per day...That way you don't have to put up with the bad texture and flavorless fat-free cheese. There's lite string cheese, part skim moz., Cabot's reduced fat cheese, lite Velveeta, 1% fat cheese slices, and lite Philie cream cheese. Since you're using margarine...read the label for the total fat and trans. fats. I try to keep the total fat in my margarine spread to less than 5 g. and the trans fats to 0. Also, watch the dinning out and take outs. Restaurants and fast food places can be so evil.