I can’t believe it’s now been over a year since I started my cholesterol-lowering journey and started writing this blog. The last 12 months have flown by so quickly. I had a health check up last Thursday, and I’m pleased to say that my cholesterol hasn’t increased since my last check up – in fact it’s gone down. My total cholesterol is currently 4.3 mmol/L, and my HDL (‘good’) cholesterol is 2.04 mmol/L.
It’s now been 8 months since I found out I had high cholesterol and had to seriously rethink my food choices. I have to say it’s been a lot easier than I thought it would be to reduce my cholesterol and keep it low, which makes me wonder why doctors are so quick to recommend statins, especially considering all of scary side effects that have been reported.
It has now been three months since I found out I had high cholesterol. After making some fairly easy changes to my diet, I reduced my cholesterol to an acceptable level, but I couldn’t end it there. Unlike a lot of diets, this is one I can’t ever give up! I have to maintain this for the rest of my life, otherwise I could risk developing heart disease.
After following the 8 steps to lower cholesterol for 6 weeks, I couldn’t wait to find out if my cholesterol had gone down. I had booked in another health check with Lloyds pharmacy straight after my first health check in February, so that I had something to work towards. I was really hoping I’d at least have got my cholesterol below 6.1, so that I’d be in the ‘Borderline-high’ instead of ‘High’ category.
I got a big wake up call in February. I went for a Vitality health check, mainly because I wanted to complete the non-smokers test to get cashback on my health insurance. I eat a pretty balanced diet, have a healthy BMI (21), don’t drink too much alcohol and I’m fairly active, so I wasn’t too worried about the results.