I believe that you manage what you measure and I have spreadsheets for practically everything. This week I added one to keep track of my cholesterol. 😉
Since turning 50 I’ve tried to get in for a physical every year, including bloodwork. I’ve been particularly interested in my cholesterol since I started eating more low-carb (ie. high-fat) last year.
Indeed, my cholesterol went up from 214 last year to 229. And my LDL (bad) went from 117 to 138. However, my HDL (good) went from 68 to 76 and my triglycerides went from 145 to 76 – which is pretty dramatic and it might have to do with the fact that last year my bloodwork was non-fasting and this year it was fasting. From now on I’ll make sure to keep it consistently fasting.
Anyway, despite the increase in cholesterol and LDL, my ratios all improved and are, apparently, ideal. 🙂 Here are a couple of websites with cholesterol information and calculator:
My doctor, however, wants me to come in for a CIMT scan (Carotid Intima Media Thickness) to assess my vessels for plaque. I’m going to oblige her. My cholesterol is technically high and, although I believe my excellent ratios are indicative that everything’s good, I’d like confirmation regarding the state of my arteries. I hope I’m right!!