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What Does Your Blood Say About You?

Each year resolutions are made, many make resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier and exercise more. Each and everyday I work towards a healthy lifestyle with healthy eats and exercise. Four years ago after having two children, I decided to head to my family physician and get a full blood work done. I was only 27 years old. I know most people don't think of this under the age of 35 or 40. Some don't until it is too late.

My father was 47 when he experienced his first massive heart attack. He was very lucky and lived with minimal complications. He did go through a triple by pass and had to recover from the heart surgery but we were lucky to have him in our lives. For the next ten years he had many complications including two more heart attacks, a slight stroke, a lung condition and was also diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. I lost my father at 57 years old.

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So this one morning back in January of 2010, I woke up and just felt the need to take care of myself better. I mean I was never over weight, I eat for the most part healthy, I don't binge eat and I moderately exercise. That isn't the best way to know how truly healthy you are. I booked my appointment got my blood rec and went for blood work the very next morning. About a week later the nurse in my doctors office left a message for me to call ASAP as my doctor needs to talk to me about my blood work.

I thought this was normal so I called back tell her no worries about rushing me in but whenever they have time. Her answer no he needs to see you right away, it is your cholesterol. Red flags going off in my mind I made my appointment and tried not to think anymore about it until the appointment.

When the day came I went to my doctor and he told me that my good cholesterol was great but and here comes the blow my bad cholesterol and the one we should worry about was very very bad. The numbers are to 5 and mine was 4.7 something. Now my doctor doesn't like to give out medications if you don't really need it and he was already writing out my prescription to Crestor when he was telling me everything I needed to know about it. We decided the reason for the high cholesterol was that of family history and he was afraid if he didn't get me on some medication now I may not see 40. That really scared me.

Here I am 4 years later, watching what I eat and still taking Crestor. I am happy to say each time I get my blood work done I have had great results. I do have to laugh to myself when I am asked (and most of the time by nurses in the ER) why am I on Crestor and they proceed to say but you are so slim. Sometimes weight just doesn't have anything to do with it.

Please take those few minutes to schedule an appointment to get a blood test and see just what your blood is saying about your health. 

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn of Kelloggs. I am part of the Kelloggers network. I receive special perks as part of the program. I am not under obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

4 comments:

  1. A great reminder!! -- I have mine checked twice a year.

    BTW, a true story to add to yours... Back in the 90s, the Boss I had at the time's Husband was a daily jogger, skinny, 40, the picture of "Health". He'd been away on a business trip, returning on a Friday afternoon feeling fine. Their eldest of 4 and only girl was turning 10 the next day... In the middle of the night, he had a massive heart attack!! And despite getting immediate CPR, He died! -- Apparently, UNbeknownst to Them, His cholesterol had been through the roof!!

    So, yeah, PEOPLE, get IT checked!! 'Cause those lattes CAN kill you!!

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    1. I am sorry to hear about your bosses husband,

      It is scary how we "think" we are healthy because we are fit and thin but that doesn't mean the inside is good. It is also a great idea to know CPR and what the signs of a stroke and heart attack are in both men and women.

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  2. Interesting, I have just been looking over an hour on the internet about high triglycerides. <-- my problem ---- and your email pops up for this post.

    With the thought in my head to get back on the bandwagon and re-analyzse what I am eating. And make changes.

    I have decided I would focus on this stuff Glycemic Foods index http://commonsensehealth.com/Diet-and-Nutrition/List_of_Glycemic_Foods_Index_of_Healthy_Foods.shtml

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    1. It is always great to eat healthy, exercise and check in with our doctors. Sometimes we can help ourselves with diet other times (like myself) it is hereditary :( I wish you all the luck in finding a healthy eating plan. I keep saying I want to rid more carbs out of my diet but it is so hard for me.

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