2010 Blood Test Results

October 15, 2010 · 5 comments

I skipped getting a physical in 2008 and had been putting it off again this year because I knew that I was not going to be happy with the results. In fact, I was downright afraid. I knew there was a very good chance I’d be told I was diabetic and that I would be paying for my diet and exercising failures. Stupidly, I was seriously contemplating not going again this year but fortunately I willed myself to setup the appointment and get the corresponding blood work done.

Maybe this will be the kick in the pants I need?

2006 Blood Test Results
2007 Blood Test Results
2008 Blood Test Results (skipped - bad, bad boy)
2009 Blood Test Results

I removed the ranges to make the results easier to read:

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Test Value Value Value Value Value
Glucose 89 87 NA 93 111
Cholesterol 182 164 NA 160 172
LDL-Cholesterol 128 116.4 NA 105 112.8
rev Triglycerides 90 63 NA 80 116
HDL-Cholesterol 36 35 NA 39 36

Cholesterol is somehow lower than it was in 2006, although up from 2009. At 172 my doctor described it as “very good.” LDL Cholesterol (the bad one) went up, and HDL Cholesterol (the good one) went down, so neither is going in the right direction. Triglycerides still within the range although it went up from last year - that one seems to be all over the board each year. Of course the most concerning is Glucose, which at 111 puts me outside of the desired range and “prediabetic” according to my doctor. His prescription? Exercise and lose weight, as if I didn’t know that. Doesn’t show it on here but normal PSA test which of course is good to see.

I’m happy with myself for sucking it up and going to the doctor. I’m not happy with the results. Something has to change.

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Charlie Hills October 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm

The best you can do is just use this as a catalyst to get going again. Never mind we’re heading into the Foodiest Time of the Year. Just do it.™


John's Weight Loss Blog October 16, 2010 at 7:15 am

“Foodiest Time of the Year” - boy, isn’t that the truth. Thanks a lot for the reminder!

Cynthia October 16, 2010 at 10:56 am

Sorry about the results… but yeah, use it as a catalyst.

As for the “foodiest time of the year” it doesn’t HAVE to be. That’s TOTALLY under your control. Thanksgiving is one day, Christmas is another and New Year’s Eve a third. Three days of nice planned indulgences never hurt anyone’s progress. Make it a month or more of indulgence… different story.

Sarah @ Low Stress Weight Loss October 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Well, congrats for facing the truth because you could have pulled a 2008

It does sound like it could help motivate you - especially that glucose number climbing like that - but sounds like you got a reprieve of one year of not being told you were officially “diabetic” - but I’m guessing if you don’t use this as a motivation to change, next year you’ll get your official membership card…

good luck - accepting to change is hard

John's Weight Loss Blog October 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm

“official membership card”, ouch, that’s harsh. But so true.

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