Day #14! How has it been going? I have been making some changes that if I sustain in my diet, e.g. drinking more water and eating more veggies that will lead to better health.  A good sign that these changes are good will be evident in my lab work when I go see my doctor next. There are 2 very important labs that I want to discuss today, blood sugar and fat in the blood.

Glucose (Blood Sugar)

Glucose is the substances used by the body to generate energy for cellular function of all of the organs of the body. The normal range for blood glucose is 70 – 110 mg/dL. Low levels, called hypoglycemia, may cause hunger, dizziness, sweating, confusion, headaches, and shakiness. If it persists or becomes very low, it may result in fainting, seizures, and coma.  High levels of glucose, called hyperglycemia, that are consistent may be related to other health issues such as diabetes, cancer, or possibly caused by medications that you may be taking. This will need to be confirmed by a physician. Signs of hyperglycemia include dizziness, feeling tired or weak, blurry vision, thirst, frequent urination, skin infections, kidney problems, and more.  The American Diabetes Association has a quick test you can take to determine your risk for diabetes, at http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/tools-to-know-your-risk/?loc=atrisk-slabnav, and a few others tools.  If you are experiencing symptoms of either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, contact a physician. This is not something to wait on and the effects can become dangerous quickly.

 

Fat

Fat, also called lipids, found in your blood if consistently high can lead to serious and sometimes fatal health problems, like heart attacks and strokes. Even people who appear to be physical fit may have hyperlipidemia (high lipid levels in the blood). Hyperlipidemia is hereditary. If one or both of your parents have it, you may be at risk, too.  There are no signs and symptoms that can que you in to see your physician for treatment. Your lipids levels should be monitored with your annual physician’s visit.

 

Lab Usual Range
Total cholesterol (TC, sum of fat in the blood) Less than 200mg/dL
High Density Lipoprotein (HDL, “good” fat carries the bad fat away.) 60mg/dL or above
Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL, “bad” fat leads to cardiovascular disease when high levels persist.) Less than 70mg/dL
Triglycerides (TG) Less than 150mg/dL

Chart is referenced from  https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cholesterol-test/about/pac-20384601

 

As we continue on this journey, my hope is this information will enable you to be more in charge of your health and support you in making better choices. I also find it encouraging that I am not on this journey alone. We can do it!

 

Have a marvalous day!

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