Thanks for the wealth of information, EG! Are you a biomedical engineer? You could charge for all of this good advice!
I have also been advised by another health care professional to have vit D testing. He suggested I do it in the fall...will have it tested with my cholesterol, etc in 6 weeks. I do take 2000 IU vit D3 supplement daily.
Last year I had some Lifeline Screening tests, including a carotid artery ultrasound, done (don't know how good they are?).. I don't remember if I received a value..just tested "normal"..it was a doppler us. I will talk to my doctor about the IMT test.
Thanks again. I will report my results when my "experiment" is finished.
Lots of helpful information here! I am a 54 year old female, 5'4" 140 pounds..heaviest I have ever been. I have been researching a plant based diet..saw the movie Forks Over Knives, which led me to The China Study and Eat To Live. I have done all sorts of "diet regimens", including paleo...confusing to say the least. What may work for one person doesn't work for another, so what I have decided to do is use my own body as an experiment to see if, with Dr Fuhrman's plan, I can lower my cholesterol, feel more energetic, etc. I had lab work done a couple of weeks ago..results were: cholesterol: 234 HDL: 89 LDL: 130 triglycerides: 74 and CRP: normal. My doctors always say my results are good because of my ratio of HDL/LDL, but, after all the reading I have done, those numbers are way too high! I am pretty active with walking, swimming, weight lifting, etc, but there is a history of heart disease on my father's side ( he had a quadruple bypass and ten years later passed away from a heart attack..though he didn't eat well or exercise, etc) Anyway, my question is, should I have my blood retested after the 6 weeks are over or wait longer? My doctor thinks I should wait for 3 months..but I wasn't going to be as restrictive after the 6 weeks, so what do any of you knowledge people think?! I appreciate any input!
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