Saturday, November 20

Oh, that old thing? It’s just my cholesterol.

The number THREE HUNDRED TWENTY ONE had never been so frightening as the day my doctor put it in the context of my cholesterol. For those of you unfamiliar with ordinary cholesterol levels, 321 is 141 points too high.

How old am I, you ask? Under three decades. I have nothing to do with that dude who supersized himself, I don’t eat ridiculous amounts of cheese or fried stuff anymore, and I’m not seventy-nine. Hmmm.

What I have plenty of to make up for all those deficits, however, is stress. Stress and Guilt and Not Enough Exercise make a very unhappy, clogged Punch.

So everyone’s heard of some remedy, way to live, things to eat as substitutes, ways to exercise, methods of relaxation. Let’s hear them (and thanks).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

jump up and down backwards to reverse the harmful effects of cholesterol. yeah, i'm just kidding. sorry.

November 20, 2004 at 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch...sorry to hear about this. That really stinks. I don't know a whole bunch about it, but as far as exercising, it's sometimes the little things that count. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Park a few extra blocks away, or get off public transportation at a slightly earlier stop. Eat more whole grains, expecially oats. (slow-cooked oatmeal works really good for this one) Umm...I don't know if those things will help, but I hope you get things under control soon. :)


November 20, 2004 at 2:38 PM  
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November 21, 2004 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Twizz said...

Oatmeal is supposed to be good... whole grain breads, not just whole wheat, make sure it says whole GRAIN, things like Cheerios are good, fish oil and garlic are supplements you can take that are said to help reduce it. And of course cutting out foods with cholesterol. Always check labels. Olive oil for cooking. And of course exercise is highly recommended. If diet and exercise aren't enough to bring it down there are meds you can take, but those are a last resort.

November 22, 2004 at 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Dad claims to have gotten his blood pressure and cholesterol under control by drinking a glass of elderberry wine every night before bed. Here is a link to a web page on the subject:

November 23, 2004 at 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was super-stressed as a kid, and now have swung too far into the not-stressed side. I remember the turning point being my mantra of, "will I really give a shit in five years?" Turns out, there's not much I think I'll give a shit about in five years.

Not very helpful, I know, but it sticks out in my mind. That, and I tell myself, "it always works itself out in the end" a lot. And it always does, with or without worrying from me.

-Anne of

November 23, 2004 at 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

321... BLAST OFF! That's how I'd feel.

My cholesterol was never that high, but it was borderline serious. Doing just a little (30 minutes a day) cardio exercise, along with less fast/junk food, lowered mine about 40 points. That's what I'd recommend.

November 30, 2004 at 9:47 AM  
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