I had to laugh a bit at Brigid’s post this morning.
See, I just had a physical done, and all the assorted bloodwork that comes with that. And I’m about 50lbs overweight. Now mind, I hate being this much overweight, it does things to my knees (which are already screwy to begin with), it slows me down, and it gives my mother another thing to get on my case about (which again, she has no room to get on my case about, but thats a mother for you).
And yet, my doctor has never seriously gotten on my case about my weight. Why? Well, I do get daily aerobic exercise in the form of chasing the dogs around the yard, but thats not really it. What really keeps my doctor off my back is the bloodwork results she gets back every year:
Complete blood count: normal
Chemistry Panel (kidney/liver function, etc): Normal
Total Cholesterol: 179 (should be under 200)
Triglycerides: 87 (should be less than 150)
LDL: 119 (normal should be less than 130)
HDL: 43 (normal for a male is 40 or higher, female is 50)
So this year my LDL is a hair higher than it was last year, and my HDL a bit lower. I’ll look into what I can do to fix those, but even then the only thing thats “out of the ideal range” is my HDL, and that only barely.
Would I like to loose at least some of that 50lb? Sure, and I keep plugging away at it. But you know what? I’m healthy despite it. So phooey on all those major political figures who keep insisting that any extra weight is GOING TO KILL YOU, and *blows raspberry* at Michelle Obama.