[One of the occasional series of posts about my typical day.]
During my annual checkup last week, my ARNP said that she would call if the labwork found a problem and that she usually sends an “all clear” note if things are unchanged. I asked if she could send me the full resuts, and she agreed. A few days later she’d to let me know that my vitamin D levels are still a bit low, my vitamin B12 is good, and everything else was fine. Today I got the followup letter with lab results.
I’ve debated whether to share them here. On the one hand, this blog is about my body and how it works, and the lab results are certainly relevant – it’s why I asked for more detailed results. On the other hand, my lab results are not a referendum on whether I am “allowed” to be fat. I am fat. That’s just how it is.
So if you wanna know the rest, read on.
- My Vitamin B12 level is normal with my current daily supplement, so I should continue taking the current daily supplement.1
- Vitamin D is still low at 28, please take daily 1000iu supplement and retest in 1 year; normal vitamin D range is 35 to 150.2
- Tests for kidney functions, liver functions, blood cell count, and thyroid function are all normal.
- Fasting blood glucose was 85.
There were also my lipid / cholesterol results, with notes that they are “normal”, “optimal”, and “good”, along with what appears to be boilerplate information on improving them3. Now, the interesting thing about these is that I started keeping track of them some years ago, so I have information on them back to 2003.
|Desirable||March 2003||March 2004||March 2005||July 2007||Nov 2008|
|Total Cholesterol||below 200||200||166||168||165||164 – “normal”|
|HDL “good” cholesterol||above 40||61||59||60||46||50 –
|LDL “bad” cholesterol||below 130||115||87||84||95||91 –
|Triglycerides||below 150||122||100||118||118||117 – “normal”|
Noone of these values are bad. But since 2004 things have gotten a bit better. Why? Well, in 2003 I was going through a bout on unemployment and spending a lot of time being a lump. By 2004 I was working again, which meant I stuck to a more regular schedule and became just that little bit more active.
Weight-wise, I’ve weighed 400lbs (+/- 10lbs) from early 2004 until now.
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1 It is a bit sobering to realize I will likely need a maintenance supplement for the rest of my life. But at least it’s over-the-counter.
2 Conceivably moving closer to the equator would help me not need this supplement. But, again, over-the-counter.
3 The recommendations include eating a low saturated fat, low cholesterol diet, regular physical activity, and “weight management”. Also a link to the NIH website on how these “lifestyle changes” can help lower cholesterol (Sanity Watchers points recommended for that link BTW).