Yes! I am relieved. I had high cholesterol issues a year ago (scary given my strong family history of heart disease and dying from it in their 50s), so I'm glad that losing the 80 lbs, changing my lifestyle, and getting my thyroid issues in order have done the trick. At least that's how it looks. I was worried about the triglycerides, but everything looks good, I think.
It seems like the high BUN/Creatinine ratio could be from having a high protein diet, according to what I've found online. Makes sense given my Atkins-ish diet.
I figured it out! I got a copy of my lab report so that I could see what was up before my visit with the doc next week, and it turns out that they gave me the incorrect information when they called.
Here are my actual numbers: Total cholesterol: 163 HDL: 71 LDL: 86 Triglycerides: 30
They gave me the triglyceride number instead of the LDL. This makes much more sense to me. Everything else looks good except my TSH is 2.14, which they usually like to keep a tad lower because I am on Synthroid. Also, my BUN/Creatinine ration is high. I have no idea what that means.
You know, my blood pressure also tends to be a bit lower than an average person's, and my body temperature, too (96-97). Also, when I go to the doc they've always commented that my heart rate is very slow, and my blood sugar also is usually in the low-80s, even after I've eaten. (I have a glucose meter for my cat, who has diabetes, so I've checked myself and my husband out of curiosity, lol). I wonder if all this is related in some horrible thing... Or if I'm just naturally weird like that.View Thread
I have a physical with my doc next week and will let y'all know what he says and if there are any more unusual results. They did a pretty thorough blood test, from what I understand, so maybe something else will come up weird that might explain the low LDL. They didn't mention anything else but my doc might have more info, hopefully.
Good point about the fasting. Maybe my numbers are "more normal" than the bloodwork would indicate. I tend to eat all day long, small meals and bites, so it is very unusual that I would go 12 hours without eating.View Thread
Wow- interesting. Thank you for the information. They didn't mention that anything was wrong with the triglycerides when they called but maybe my doc is just waiting to talk with me next week when I have my physical. I will ask him about this for sure.View Thread
I have high risk factors due to heredity, but my weight is normal and I eat a very healthy diet and I myself have not had any heart issues, diabetes, etc. So even if I am in the riskiest category, it recommend staying below 70, I believe. But is there a lower limit to stay above?View Thread
Thanks for the info. Would I be considered as having hypolipidemia if my LDL is so low, but total cholesterol is normal? Is low LDL like mine always a bad thing?
They said my thyroid looked normal on the test (it was a cbc, including cholesterol and thyroid) because that was something else they wanted to check up on. But maybe they were just looking at TSH and not T3... I really hope they don't lower my thyroid medication it because I feel awful when my thyroid gets low. Awful, awful, awful, every-bone-in-my-body-aches-and-is-tired-awful.
Thanks for the feedback. It is interesting how everything is so interconnected, like trying to solve a puzzle. I'll have to try to get more info from my doctor next week.View Thread
What is the relationship between triglycerides and LDL? Do high triglycerides lower LDL?
I looked up high triglycerides and it says that it is normally caused by diets high in carbs, but I consume a very low carb diet (~<30 carbs/day) (and no meat or meat fat whatsoever) so I am thinking that probably not... But they never gave me that number specifically. They just said "everything is normal" and when I pushed for the cholesterol info they gave me the aforementioned breakdown.
Worth asking about at my appointment, though... Thanks for the suggestion!View Thread
I should say: I also have a very strong family history of diabetes and obesity. I take synthroid for hypothyroidism and am now in the normal thyroid range and a healthy weight. I eat a sugar-free diet with very low carbs, but lots of good fats and lots of protein.
Sooo... It seems like the numbers are good, but should I be concerned about the LDL being so low? Why would it be so low? Could it indicate some other problem? Or should I just chill out and be glad that it looks good?
Thanks again! I'm sitting here being kind-of worried, until my physical with the doc next week when I get to talk with him about the results...View Thread