LDL is Bad.

Ever have those days where you need to go somewhere, but you dread the results because you know they are going to be bad, not matter what? That is how it’s been for me that last 3 years (wow since I turned 40) for me as it relates going to my family doctor for my yearly physical.

I made it a point at age 39 to start going every year. So far I have been very healthy with no real issue to concern myself or my wife with. Minor problems, but nothing that cannot be cured or remedied. It’s not the “jelly finger” I fear feeling for an enlarged prostate, it’s the LDL levels (bad cholesterol) in my blood work results.

As expected this number had increased since my last two physicals, which is now a concern for the physician. We discussed factors relating to cholesterol, my eating habits (which pretty much suck) and what we needed to go in order to control the increasing levels. At 41, this number was still to high and something that could lead to heart disease if not brought under control.

Now with my enjoyment of cooking I must throw caution to wind and pay closer attention to what ingredients I use and the style of preparation. I usually pay attention to what I cook and to a lesser degree how I prepare it, but now it will be a bit more crucial as we move forward from today. Exceptions to the rule can no longer be the norm for me. Breaking the rules can happen on occasion, but paying attention to labels and cholesterol is more important.

I have already been looking at what I should be eating or how I should be preparing food. While the two are close, I will need them to become even closer as we move forward. I also start a medicine regiment tomorrow taking simvastatin, one 40mg tablet a day. Of course no drug comes without a side effect and hopefully I won’t be a recipient of any of the negative side affects associated with this medication such as Rhabdomyolysis or muscle pain.

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