I had a blood test last week because I hadn’t had one since 2006 and my doctor just thought he should check various levels of my bits and pieces.
And today I had a call back.
I must admit that my first thought was – liver. But my liver is awesome and is in fact now my favourite body part. What a hardy little organ it is and believe me I have worked it hard at times over the years.
My CA125 is up but that’s always up (that’s like a marker for ovarian cancer). You can have an elevated level just as long as it stays the same. Anyway if you’ve had dodgy ovaries that can affect the reading as well. Things like cysts, endometriosis, heavy periods etc. Believe me, my ovaries have always been dodgy and the level is exactly the same as it was in 2006 when they made me go for ultrasounds, curettes and bloody laparoscopies before telling me there was nothing wrong with me. So saved from all that again.
But the bummer is my cholesterol. Bloody silent killer. I was pretty surprised that it was my cholesterol he wanted to see me about because I don’t eat meat, (haven’t for years now), I don’t eat dairy often and takeaway food very rarely as its all meat based, I don’t like cakes or chocolate and I walk for an hour every day. I even stopped eating all my egg yolks! So it’s just my traitorous body producing too much of it, all of it’s own accord. My level puts me at a greatly increased risk of developing coronary heart disease. Levels above 6.5 mmol/L are considered to indicate extremely high risk and I’m sitting at 6.3. The doctor wasn’t too worried about it because I’m not overweight, I don’t smoke and my blood pressure is excellent. However I still have to take medication for it, probably forever. My father having had a stroke at the age of 52 always makes the doctor a little more cautious about things like that.
So yeah, nothing too drastic but it still sucks that I have to take pills (expensive pills at that) every day. But I can see how people drop dead from heart attacks due to cholesterol without even knowing about it. I would have gone another six years without having a blood test if the doctor hadn’t suggested it because I feel fine and healthy and as I mentioned before I’m pretty healthy compared to most people I know.
Actually that kind of pisses me off. I bet Daz has perfectly fine low cholesterol levels and he lives on chocolate and takeaway and slabs of red meat and ice cream and whatever else he can get his hands on.
But I’ll still be making him go get tested.
Silent killer people – keep an eye on it, it’s sneaky stuff.
Oh I forgot to tell you the good news. These pills I’m taking are supposed to stop you from becoming demented. The What’s New in Alzheimer’s Newsletter states that “Statin users are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than non-users”. So it’s going to stop me from having a heart attack, a stroke and dementia. That seems a fair trade off.