Every year, my job provides a free health screening that reduces the co-pay on some medical expenses and gives me a free gym membership to a number of gyms in my area. I was pretty excited for my screening this year because I’ve been working so hard. I even remembered to do the appropriate fasting beforehand this year.
Almost everything is better now than last year.
- My BMI is 2.13 lower
- My blood pressure went from 112/78 to 104/74
- My glucose level dropped 9 points
The only negative is that my HDL cholesterol went from 56 mg/dL to 33. This is apparently not good. I spoke to a wellness educator at the end, and everything she was telling me to do or not do, I’m doing. I exercise frequently, I eat healthy, I don’t drink alcohol, and I don’t smoke. A co-worker suggested it’s because I’m not eating enough healthy fats. My online research says I could have 1-2 drinks/day to increase my HDL. That’s a choice I suppose. LOL! I know if this continues, I could be at a higher risk for heart disease, so I’m going to do my due diligence in figuring out what I need to do. My overall cholesterol level is 191, so it’s not that I’ve got high cholesterol, but the drop is concerning.
One funny thing is that last year I measured at 5’3″ tall, and this year I measured at 5’4″ tall. The guy said I’m the first person he’s met that he can legitimately say is 5’3 and a half” tall. I guess that explains why some of my medical charts say one thing and some say another. 🙂
Bottom line: Everything I’m doing is working and my health is reaping the benefits. YAY!