August 18, 2005


I turned 40 earlier this year. I actually felt older when the date arrived, too. Not so ten years ago when I hit 30. Conventional wisdom says you oughta get a full physical when the big 4-0 comes around, so as a precursor my doc gave me a slip for a whole battery of blood work. (I just finally got around to doing it -- typical male, I know.) The results came in yesterday, and ... violá! I have to go on Lipitor for high cholesterol! Damn it.

OK, I don't eat the best diet, but I do make a point of making sure I get enough veggies and fruits. I've also been taking Garlique for the last 4-5 years. I certainly exercise regularly (run, basketball, golf, weights). I'm 6'3" and 185 lbs. Virtually perfect body-mass ratio, if that's actually a scientific measure. So ... what's the deal??

It's gotta be genetic.

Talked to a few relatives on dad's side. No real instances of high cholesterol! Sheesh. Got calls into some mom's side relatives (in Florida). If they say there's no real background of high cholesterol, I'll be like "WTF??" Cripes, I'd be starting what -- a new genetic trend??

Posted by Hube at August 18, 2005 09:37 AM | TrackBack

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Were you fasting at least 8 hours when you had the blood work done? What did you eat the day before? Both things can artificially elevate your cholesterol. You might want to request a second test before you start on medication - especially if you exercise, don't smoke, and have no family history. Doesn't mean you can't have high cholesterol but going on meds is a life-long proposition. Once you start taking the meds it's good to stay on them. Good luck.

Posted by: IL#2 at August 19, 2005 10:23 PM

I don't know if I buy in to the cholesterol level thing. I think the level is set artifically low. If you're eating a balanced diet, getting proper excecise, living a healthy lifestyle, and have no precipitating medical factors such as diabetes, then you shouldn't have to worry about it. The only problem is the insurance companies have these cookie-cutter profiles that everybody has to fit to get coverage. I'm convinced that trying to fit the profile is worse for your health than simply doing what's right for your body.

Posted by: greg at August 24, 2005 06:25 PM

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