Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Of Fingersticks, Bloodwork, and Doctor Visits

     On March 23, 2012, I had blood work through my insurance company for their Pathways to Wellness Program.  I finally received my results 2 weeks ago.  Needless to say, my bloodwork isn't as good as it was last year at this time. A breakdown is as follows:

      Hemoglobin A1C --   7.9  --  High.  Normal levels are less than 5.6. 
      Triglycerides -  226 -- Very high.  Should be less than 150.  
      HDL Cholesterol (good Cholesterol) -  36  -  Low.  Should be greater than 39.  Not too bad. 
      VLDL Cholesterol -  45.   Should be between 5 and 40.  Not too bad.  
      LDL Cholesterol -  40  -  Good-- should be between 0 - 99.  
      Overall Cholesterol -  121  -  Good -- should be between 100 - 199.  

      As you can see,  I have some work to do.  As a result,  my new Doctor wanted to see me to take a look at my medications and see if there is anything to change.  I met with my doctor tonight (Dr. Shetty) and we discussed some things.  For right now, we are going to up one of medications.  I am also going to take a hard look at my overall diet and see what I can adjust without feeling like I'm giving up EVERYTHING i like (tried that before -- and hated it).  Dr. Shetty isn't too concerned with my triglycerides right now.  In case you aren't aware, Triglycerides are a measure of of dissolved fat in the blood.  Yes this is a concern to me, so I am planning on researching this to see what to do.  I am trying fish oil supplements to counteract this.  

    As always, my weight is a concern and it has been a losing battle since my 20's.  Need to figure out what to do next with that. Yes, I know that exercise is important for me.  That being said, there has to be time to exercise and I rarely seem to have time for that.  I am so used to being on the go that by the time I get home, I have crashed for the evening from being worn out  (yes I know that's not good).   Like I said, I need to figure out next steps and see what I can do.  

     One of the other things I am planning on doing  is to monitor my sugar levels more frequently.  I am planning on fingersticks in the morning, in the afternoon right after school, and before bedtime.  There has been a concern in the past of glucose levels rising during the night, so I'm going to monitor to see if this is happening (I may test at 1 or 2 in the morning -  I usually wake up at that time anyway LOL). 

     Why all this?  Its because when I go back to the doctor in July, I will have another round of bloodwork done to see if my numbers improve.  That's the thing about being a diabetic, more doctor visits, more blood work, and more fingersticks.  Some days I think I'm being bled by a vampire, but I know that its for my own health and well being.  So, wish me look, offer me encouragement, etc.  Looking forward to share more information.   By they way, My fingerstick this morning was 101 and this afternoon it was 110, so that part is good :).  

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