Ladies, I’ve been holding out on you. I know – I’m sorry but I’ve had a guilty little secret. I might have mentioned once or twice in the “A Woman’s Heart” articles that I had several risk factors for heart disease – age, post-menopausal, family history, weight, hip-waist ratio, and high cholesterol.
When I say high – I mean, really high. The first time it was tested in my late 20s/early 30s (I really don’t remember my exact age), my “bad” LDL cholesterol was 205. In January 2008, it was 245. I won’t even mention what my total cholesterol levels were because, frankly, no matter how you look at it, my total cholesterol levels were just plain SAD!
My doctor and I had a great routine – he faithfully pointed out how high my cholesterol levels were to me each year and I just as faithfully brushed him off. After all, my father’s mother lived to be a 100 years old and had high cholesterol, so why worry? Then, I started writing this series and I found out exactly why my doctor was so concerned. I knew deaths from cardiovascular disease were high but I didn’t realize how. Until writing for you, dear readers, I didn’t realize that one in two women die from cardiovascular disease. I have to say, that caught my attention in a way that my doctor never did.
The more I wrote - the more I learned about cardiovascular disease - the more convinced I became that I MUST do something to get my cholesterol levels down and beat the odds. My doctor wanted me to look at going on a statin drug but I’ve been resistant to that idea for years. So, I tried something novel – I started taking my own advice and implementing what I’ve learned. The result? (And, I am proud of these results!) My bad LDL cholesterol is down from 245 to 200! (Yeah!) This is an 18% reduction and the best part is that it was accomplished without taking one of the statin drugs.
So, what did I do? How did I manage an 18% reduction in my bad cholesterol? Here are a few of the things that have helped me.
1. Movement. I try to get up and move every day. By move, I don’t mean the dreaded exercise, I mean simply move. I look for ways to move every day.