So, visited the doctor the other day. Got my results back. We have a wellness check yearly at work that looks at everything. I wanted to know glucose based stuff as well since diabetes is in both sides of the family, but all I got was cholesterol.
Anyways, anyone here know and understand anything about cholesterol? I'll lay it out for you here....
I was mostly worried about Triglycerides. They are still high, but I am very happy with that number compared to the past. I've only been doing the bike riding for a little over a month and a half now.
I know nothing about this stuff. Only that I've read that HDL helps to clean out the LDL. Since this summer, I've cut out almost all junk food. We use to eat quite a bit. I'm not a vegetarian and never will be, may as well just quit eating altogether if I can't eat meat, but the doctor gave me a packet about eating a low fat diet (actually the receptionist, the doctor has gotten his money and didn't seem to want to talk about anything, such is life these days. As long as they get money, they could care less about your actual health.)
I know I should be eating more vegetables, and "more" I could probably do. The thing with meat and most of our eating is, we eat all organic or our own grown food. We eat mostly chicken which is organic no added hormone or antibiotics and the beef we raise grass fed and rotationally grazed in the family, my father-in-law raises it. We certainly don't eat beef as often as having a freezer always stocked would predict. Most of our meals are chicken or spaghetti which is what most of the beef is used for (think eating 3 meatballs with spaghetti as the majority of my beef eating.)
I think we do eat pretty low fat. My wife cooks everything from scratch with fresh herbs and seasonings. We use very little salt, rarely use butter, cook in olive oil, etc. Like I said, we cut 99% of the junk food out of our diet (occasionally will have something, which is usually homemade of course.)
So, this is pretty much how I've always eaten, we rarely go out to eat, rarely eat fast food, never eat packaged prepared easy food, and I blame all my weight gain over the years on just the junk food which has been cut out. Even calorie wise, the reason I started tracking was to see what I ate normally for meals. That turned out to be about 1600-1800/day without including any snacking on junk food. Since that's been cut out, I'm pretty much left with I eat 1600-1800 calories a day and have been since June. Yes, prior to all this, I did eat a LOT of junk food. Ice cream and homemade baked goods like cookies, brownies, and cake was a big problem.
So I am somewhat confused as I expected to see a decent decrease from last year. I don't know if it is a significant decrease but it seems to me that the triglycerides from 354 to 216 is a significant decrease. But my HDL (target >59 my papers say) was lower from 35 to 31 and my LDL (<100 target) increased from 144 to 159. Yet the total cholesterol decreased from 250 to 233, I don't know what "total" takes into consideration.
Then again, the before numbers were from way back last November. At work we will be having another one of these "Know Your Numbers" day coming up this November. That will give me a better comparison look being closer together than almost a year.
With weight loss (247 in June, 235 end of July when I started riding, and currently 217 today) and with eating less, or pretty much no, junk food, I expected to see better numbers with the HDL and LDL cholesterol. I did with the Triglycerides, but not with the HDL and LDL.