Ugh, I know that the majority of cholesterol is genetics, but it’s still so frustrating to see those numbers go up!
The last time I lost signifigant weight was the year I turned 30. I had lost 40lbs that year and until that year my total cholesterol had always been around 150. That year it went up to 262!
Every year since then, I have gained weight at my yearly physical and my cholesterol has gotten slightly better.
Last year, I weighed 313 at my physical and my cholesterol had been the best it had been in 5 years:
Total Cholesterol: 214 (normal range 0 – 200)
Tryglyceride: 233 (in normal range of 0 – 250)
HDL: 58 (in normal range of above 39)
Cholesterol/HDL: 3.7 (in normal range of less than 5)
LDL: 109 (in normal range of 40 – 130)
This year, I weigh 278 and my numbers all all high again except for my HDL:
Total Cholesterol: 248 (normal range 0 – 200)
Tryglyceride: 262 (normal range 0 – 250)
HDL: 42 (in normal range of above 39)
Cholesterol/HDL: 5.9 (normal range less than 5)
LDL: 154 (normal range 40 – 130)
It’s completely frustrating. Why does this happen? Why does it go down when I gain weight and go up when I lose weight?
I haven’t seen my PCP yet. I have access to my electronic medical record so I was able to check the numbers on my own.
I think that I need to accept that this might be a genetic issue and not a weight issue. Both of my parents have cholesterol of over 300 without medication and both are at healthy weights.
I’m not on meds yet, but every year I wonder if it will be the year that my PCP decides to put me on meds.
It will be interesting to see what he has to say about this.
All of my other numbers seem to look good except for my iron. It’s still low, but it looks like it improved. Shows me that I need to be better about taking my supplements.
Tomorrow I have an appointment with my surgeon for a follow up, so I might ask his opinion on this as well.