I had my Cholesterol checked about three years ago, and I remember it being very low. As such, I was never too concerned about it... that is, until recently.
While sorting through some paperwork, I found the results of the test. I also found the results of my blood pressure check I had a few months ago (my quit nurse did this on my first appointment.
As part of my job, I have free membership to a health website. I remember it asking me for my cholesterol and blood pressure stats, but I didn't have them at the time. Great, I thought. Now I've found them, I'll update my stats.
And then... kapow! My health risk factors rocketed from 'average' to 'high risk'! It turns out that blood pressure is high -- it was 140/90 -- and my cholesterol was an even bigger problem and a complete shock! My overall cholesterol level was very good -- it was 3.9, and 5 is considered healthy... I think -- great, right? Well, yes... except that my 'good cholesterol' was extremely low at only 0.57! Apparently, this is even worse than a high overall result as the ratio between my 'good' and 'bad' cholesterol is not very good at all! Now I have no idea if this is true, or if my abnormally low stats are skewing the automated calculations. I would be grateful if anyone can offer some facts on this, or even better if anyone else has known of/experienced this.
What baffles me most, though, is that apart from a brief mention of my blood pressure being 'a little high' my GP didn't mention anything! To the contrary, I was congratulated on my overall 3.9 Cholesterol stats!
Now, I know my cholesterol stats need to be done again -- it's certainly my priority. But I'm really worried about it all now as I'm eating healthy and getting excersise and trying to do all the right things. I'm really, really confused. All I want is to have a proper 'MOT' so I can get to grips with my health. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE i CAN GET ONE -- apart from my GP because they don't have the time or interest, in seems, to do a proper job of it! And when things are like this, I just feel like saying 'sod it!' and lighting up! Why? well, it looks like, at just 37 years old, I'm already a complete mess -- I feel like I'll end up dying of a heart attack or something long before the fags will kill me!
I'm just totally stressed at the moment. I just feel like I'm doing everything right, but it's all rubbish -- nothing seems to make any difference.