That was my blood lipid profile mid 2005.
Just in case you are not familiar with desirable lipid levels, they are:
Total Cholesterol: Less than 4 mmol/L
LDL: Less than 2.0 mmol/L
HDL: Greater than 1 mmol/L
TC/HDL ratio: Less than 4.0
Triglycerides: Less than 1.7 mmol/L
The 'H' indicates 'get thee to a doctor you are in the cardiovascular danger zone' (otherwise they just put a *, which means 'pay attention to this'). My LDL's were trying to kill me.
When my doctor saw these results she wanted me to start taking statins immediately. I told her that I intended to try a lifestyle intervention first. I said that in front of the practice nurse, who replied 'that won't work for you'. The idea is that familial (genetic) high cholesterol is only minimally affected by lifestyle factors.
At the time of scary cholesterol test, I was on the paleolithic diet, paying little attention to saturated fat intake, and holding firmly to the belief that carbs, not dietary fat, were the cause of fatty blood. Obviously, I was wrong. Over the next year I adjusted to a higher carb diet, took Omega 3 and Vitamin C, reduced sat fats, exercised and, to the surprise of everyone, slowly watched the numbers go down.
Over the last few years, I've increased my saturated fat intake somewhat due to my obsession with unbaking and sticking things together with coconut oil.
I thought it might be time to see if this has impacted negatively on my bloods, so on Tuesday morning I toddled off at ridiculous o'clock for a cholesterol test.
Nearly identical to 2006. I'd still like to get TC under 4 and LDL under 2, but at the current level they are in the 'keep an eye on it' category, rather than 'heart attack tomorrow'. It wasn't until I got the results that I realised I'd been mentally preparing myself for the worst. I'm thrilled to be almost normal, still.
I also had a c-reactive protein test, which was right where it should be. CRP is a marker of inflammation and indicates increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
My new mission: get those numbers into the ideal range within three months :D Watch this space.
When did you last have a cholesterol test?