Wednesday, March 26, 2008

My lab results

I just got my lab results back from my last visit to the Barbara Davis Center.

I knew ahead of time what some of the results would be. My doctor called me several days after my visit, sounding concerned: My cholesterol had shot up since my last lab.

I knew this was going to be the case, but I forgot to warn them. I stopped taking Lipitor about 9 months ago, because Michael and I were talking about trying to get pregnant soon after our wedding. Then we kept pushing it back a couple of months at a time, so I never started back up again.

However, I had read somewhere that drinking 8 oz. of grapefruit juice a day has been proven to lower LDL. (This is probably why you are not supposed to have grapefruit while on Lipitor — they don't want it to go too low.) So a glass of grapefruit juice is now a part of my morning routine.

In addition, I think I'm eating much better than I was all the other times I've been tested while off Lipitor. I'm also more active than I used to be: My husband and I walk almost daily, and I spent a lot of time riding and working with my horse.

Although the results rather startled my doctor, I think you can see the effects of my diet and lifestyle changes:

Triglycerides: 128 (range 0-149)
LDL: 112 (range 0-99)
HDL: 77 (range 40-59 — on this one, the higher the better)
Total: 215 (range 100-199)
Ratio: 2.8 (range 0.0-4.4)
CHD risk: less than 0.5 (range 0.0-1.0)

This is up from a LDL of 60 or 70 when I'm taking Lipitor.

I'm actually pretty pleased: Even though my LDL is still above what it should be, it's not by much. In fact, this is officially the first time I've been able to bring my cholesterol down via any method other than drugs. Now that is something to celebrate!

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