Filter my diagnosis!
November 3, 2010 4:56 PM Subscribe
Is it possible for your cholesterol levels to be transiently elevated, and if not, what should I do about mine?
I know there are a lot of similar health questions.
Is it possible for your cholesterol levels to be transiently elevated? I visited my doctor for a routine physical and bloodwork right after a week with a lot of family visits during which we dined out at least five times in seven days. One of the dinners was extremely decadent (seven courses, expensive) and most of the others were not particularly light. I also baked two pound-cake like poppy-seed cakes, which everyone ate.
I had my cholesterol tested right after this course of dining. Total was 232; normal is stated to be less than 200. My HDL was acceptable, LDL 140; normal LDL less than 100-120. The doctor prescribes a low-fat diet.
I am not overweight (5'2", 108 pounds) and I am in reasonable physical shape. I can walk a mile in 15 minutes and climb 96 steps (long escalator) without stopping. I do not have other health problems except for slight hypothyroidism, diagnosed by the same doctor (I had not noticed anything), for which I take Synthroid. I also take an antidepressant (tricyclic). I am 39 years old. I am not keen on taking more drugs.
I think that I eat pretty healthily, aside from the restaurant week, which started to seem like food torture (Uncle: "Do you want to go to Starbucks? Do you want a cappucino, mochacino, double latte?" Me: "NO, PLEASE! BLACK COFFEE!").
I thought that I was doing OK because I don't gain weight easily (see thread about "What thin people eat"). Now I find that the fat is floating around inside my arteries, presumably. But I still don't eat deep-fried things, most cheese, cream, dairy, ice cream, hamburgers, fast food, etc. It is possible that I have let my diet slip, and I will try to cut out what I can. But I'm afraid that only the extremism of Dean Ornish or the raw-foodists will reduce my levels.
Except for the food-torture week, I already don't eat out a lot; I do the cooking in my family and I watch what goes in (no Paula Deen-type whole sticks of butter in one dish).
What I will really, really miss is chocolate.
I am not happy with this diagnosis, in part because I had a borderline eating disorder in college, weighed 91 pounds at one point and usually less than 100, and was persecuted (so I felt) by the campus psychiatrists and doctors. (It was my fault; I had tried out for track. There were other anorectic-looking women at the school, but nobody bothered them if they didn't go out for sports.) It was Me vs. The World back then, which was good for my studies (I sublimated) but not good for personal relationships.
Now I feel that I don't want this state of mind, which bordered on paranoia, to come back. I do not want the Me vs. The World mentality to return especially when I am trying to hold on to a job where there are many overweight people. I don't want to cause conflict at home either (in the anorectic I WILL NOT EAT THIS mode).