Sunday, April 06, 2008

Pass The Turkey Bacon Please

A couple of weeks ago I had some bloodwork done at the doctor's office. They called me back with the results, and apparently I now have high cholesterol. On one hand I was a bit surprised because I don't eat a high fat diet, and I don't eat much meat at all, especially red meat. On the other hand, heart problems run in my family. My paternal grandfather died at age 59 from heart disease. I'm sure he had high cholesterol, but back then I don't think they knew much about that and all the statin drugs didn't exist. My maternal grandmother died of a heart attack at 66, and my dad was diagnosed with high cholesterol when he was 42. So I guess there was a pretty good chance that this could happen to me.

So now I have another drug added to my daily dose. I'm sure my current candy-rich diet is not helping a whole lot either. I have just learned that apparently a high sugar diet can also lead to high cholesterol. Whoops! So I really need to cut back on the sugar. Actually the thought of candy right now makes me squirm in discomfort. Hopefully the medicine will help too. I go back in 3 months to get my cholesterol checked again. No more bacon smoothies for me!

This photo has nothing to do with the rest of this post, but I wanted to share it:

Hello Panda. For those times when Hello Kitty is just really getting on your damn nerves.
Actually these things are really good. They're from Singapore. You can get them at Asian groceries. Probably not recommended for the low cholesterol diet.



Blogger Deb R said...

Did they break down for you how it was high exactly - overall, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, etc? 'cause that can make a difference in what can affect it too.

My overall cholesterol tends to be borderline (sometimes *slightly* high, sometimes just this side of "normal"), but my HDL and LDL numbers are both great. My triglycerides though? Bad. Baaaaad. That's the number that finally put me on meds when dietary changes just weren't getting the job done. And it is (naturally, given my sweet tooth...sigh) the number that seems to be most affected by things like candy and baked goods. Dammit.

Hope whatever treatment you've started on gets those numbers back where you want to see them!!!

4/06/2008 11:19 PM  
Blogger kristen said...

I'm an ass (for many reasons), but this one, I hadn't a clue about high sugar and cholestrol. High cholestrol runs in my family - my Dad is as thin as a rail and has been taking cholestrol meds for decades. I had high cholestrol in my 20's but now, it's really low.

Seeing how disciplined you can be, I would bet that your numbers will go down with dietary changes.

If you don't know what to do with your Panda cookie/crackers, I'll be happy to take them off your hands. I love those little crackery chocolate treats.

4/07/2008 6:01 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Mmmm Panda cookies! I haven't tried these, but have you tried Pockey? Another Asian grocery store treat. :)

Turkey bacon is yummy by the way! We use it exclusively at home (for weekend breakfasts mostly) because I won't cook real bacon - too gross! I burn it pretty often - so it's not even bad pretty crispy!

4/07/2008 7:34 AM  
Blogger paintergirl said...

It's all in my family too. Jos and I both have it in the family as a matter of fact. We take Spirulina in pill form, and I think it helps. I know it's all under research.

I'm with kiki, you'll get this under control in no time. It's probably the easter candy.

4/07/2008 3:55 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

As Im typing this im stuffing my face with Cheetos....sorry,that wasn't helpful!!

I also bought a frydaddy this weekend and can I just say KrispyKreme ain't got nothin' on doughnuts from 10 feet away!!

I also used to have borderline high cholesterol...not to the point where they wanted to put me on meds though.... You should eat oatmeal every morning...or dr. also said to take a fiber supplement.

4/07/2008 8:45 PM  
Blogger JC said...

d - they told me the total and the LDL, which were 221 and 141 respectively. I'm sure they have the triglyceride level too, but they didn't tell me that when they called. I'm going to have to do some research.

k - that's good that yours is low. hopefully mine will be soon as well!

t - i have had Pocky. They're really good! I'm used to turkey bacon. When my dad was first diagnosed with high cholesterol I was in high school, and my mom immediately started serving all of us low(er) fat stuff, including turkey bacon. At first it was really tough, we all thought we were going to die from malnutrition because we just didn't like the food. But we got used to it. Some of those first low fat products were really terrible too. Like low fat mayonnaise, and I remember the low fat Hostess cupcakes. They. were. awful. They have made a lot of progress on that stuff, some of it is indistinguishable from the regular products now.

pg - i haven't heard of taking spirulina. i hope you're right, and that things will be under control soon! i should probably start taking fish oil supplements.

b - you're young - enjoy all that crap food while you can! the sad part is that i've been eating oatmeal for breakfast on weekdays since i started my weight loss program back in october. i know it's supposed to help with cholesterol. i guess it's been outweighed by all the shite (figuratively speaking of course, i mean i'm not literally eating manure).

4/07/2008 9:21 PM  
Blogger paintergirl said...

now it all makes sense. you said before you hated lentils because your mom cooked them all the time. and jos and I swear the slop they serve on Big Brother is lentils. it looks disgusting, but just put hot sauce on it.

4/07/2008 9:54 PM  
Blogger Vedrana M. said...

i hope your cholesterol will be ok. that hello panda looks cute :)

p.s. have you seen:

4/08/2008 11:50 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

oh no. i hate to hear about your high cholesterol. but mine is completely genetic. don't know that there's anything to be done about mine.

they put you on meds? but you're so young. is it the one that can lead to liver damage? hope they'll monitor you closely.

no more sugar for you!

4/08/2008 1:04 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

p.s. mine is about 209, the bad stuff. i don't think it's ever been too low though.

4/08/2008 1:05 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

It runs in my family as well but you know what really helps? That's right, the one thing no one wants to hear: exercise. Plus, if you do a little of it you can still have some candy. periodically. That said, I had a really good friend who used to say:
Eat right, exercise, die anyway. Booyah.

4/09/2008 9:52 AM  
Blogger REENblack said...

I'm so sorry. You do seem so young to have this problem! I guess everything is happening younger and younger now though isn't it. No sugar??? I would die!!! And so much better than manure!!! lol

Those panda thingies look yummy!!! I love just about anything with chocolate though...

4/18/2008 7:23 AM  

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