It’s March and the Slice of Life Challenge. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for providing space for writers.
I went to the doctor today about my recent blood draw and my frustration regarding my BMI (Body Mass Index). Maybe it was the recent news of the sudden death of a colleague a year older than me that had me a bit concerned and the fact that the tests weren’t already in my online chart which was odd.
And of course, the blood pressure wasn’t cooperating (not that it’s high but I usually run low). And then you are greeted with the scale to hop on and off and your weight has found another pound since you weighed when you woke.
I love my primary care person. I’ve been with her for about fifteen years. So she really knows me and gets me. And she knows I have struggled with my BMI and cholesterol for years.
It comes down to genetics. I belong to WW, I tried to exercise and make my step goal everyday. But as she said, sometimes our bodies have a weight set point and the body doesn’t want to budge.
“Do you trust me?” She asked regarding the statins. “You are at high risk.”
I do trust her as I do my naturopath (who’s also awesome) had told me that low dosage statins was an option. So later today, I’m picking up a prescription.
I left reflecting on this at 66. I am pretty proud that I was able to put off statins for a good ten to fifteen years.
- Eat fairly well, not a lot of meat, upping my eating fish game, green leafy veggies, and not a lot of empty calories.
- Have an awareness of my weight and go to WW every week.
- Track my food.
- Get exercise in.
And yet that pesky DNA. It makes a difference. My hubs on the other hand, eats whatever (and not all healthy), doesn’t workout and his risk is lower. Genetics.
Genetics!!! You’ll get there and are already making great choices. Good luck
Aww, the curse of genetics! I was 19 when my mom was diagnosed with extremely high cholesterol. I was incredibly skinny, incredibly active, and ate an extremely healthy diet with almost no meat, yet my cholesterol was sky high. My younger sister, with a much less healthy lifestyle, inherited our dad’s low cholesterol. Genetics indeed!
Yeah, that can be very frustrating since you are doing lots of good things such as your food habits and ww. Best of luck.