2009 Blood Test Results

July 21, 2009 · 9 comments

I had put off a doctor visit for awhile so the blood work I recently got back is the first I have had for about 20 months. But despite my not doing well on my weight loss plan the results were pretty good. In fact, much better than I expected. Frankly after being diagnosed with sleep apnea I was pretty sure the other hammer was going to come down in the form of diabetes showing in my blood work but I had nothing to worry about.

Here’s a recent history of my bloodwork:

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009
Test Value Range Value Range Value Range Value Range
Glucose 89 70-120 87 70-110 NA NA 93 70-110
Cholesterol 182 0-200 164 0-200 NA NA 160 0-200
LDL-Cholesterol 128 0-130 116.4 0-130.1 NA NA 105 0-130.1
rev Triglycerides 90 0-199 63 0-151 NA NA 80 0-151
HDL-Cholesterol 36 46-86 35 35-60 NA NA 39 35-60

Good cholesterol went up, bad cholesterol went down and total cholesterol went down. While triglycerides and glucose went up a little bit they are both well within range and my doctor was happy with the numbers.

I don’t quite know what to make of the results being good since I am being so bad, but I think it likely that had I done blood work last year that the results would have been a lot better - so maybe what I am seeing here is something that looks good but in fact is worse than where I was last year when I was eating better and exercising. At least that is what I am going to tell myself.

Don’t be like me and skip a physical like I did last year, go see the doctor every year and get your bloodwork done.

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Fat Daddy July 21, 2009 at 6:48 am

You’re so right John. I have my first appt in more than 10 years tomorrow. Not looking forward to it, but at least I have my head out of the sand.

Good for you on the test results.

Hanlie July 22, 2009 at 4:09 am

Not bad at all! Now how do we motivate you to start being good?

Yobigmike July 28, 2009 at 8:40 pm

From your mouth to God’s ears. I too gotta man up and get a physical….

Don July 30, 2009 at 6:57 am

Man, that is good news! I have never had the blood work done and should probably do that. Soon.

AndrewE August 5, 2009 at 3:26 am

Great results John. Hopefully next time they are even better!

Mr. Meltdown August 9, 2009 at 11:22 am

Good advice John,

Women go to the doctor all the time for everything. But I do see a trend in us men not getting regular checkups. I try to keep up with the checkups as a result of me being overweight. Even after I reach my goal I will continue keeping up with my checkups.

Petra Weiss August 17, 2009 at 10:41 am

I think you are being a bit too harsh with yourself. Those results are really good. Now just really work at what you are eating (I find that with low GI foods I can still eat a fair bit but don’t put on weight) and the weight should start coming down again.

Will P. August 18, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Petra is right — the results are good. Don’t beat yourself up about it. I wish my results were as good as yours! And the sleep apnea, you can be thin and fit as a fiddle and have sleep apnea — I have a friend who’s in excellent health but has sleep apnea. And not everyone’s gonna be skinny — there’s a part we can control and part that’s just the way we are. Enjoy exercising, eating right and don’t beat yourself up! Keep up the good work.

Thelma August 18, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Hi John!! Great advice!! I am going to get my husband to read this blog today. I think this article and your goals will be a great encouragment for him. I just started my own blog called workoutchic. Its used as motivation for me and i hoping my husband too but i think your blog might be just what he’s looking for!! Thanks!!

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