I'm turning 50 in about 10 days, and had a checkup a couple of weeks ago. got the blood test results in the mail:
LDL, calc 163
CK, total (whatever this is) 174
AST (SGOT) 25
i also had a my T checked, it's 480. my blood pressure is good, last time it was 111/70. all the doc said after listening to my heart and lungs was "excellent".
all looks good except the total cholesterol and LDL. I searched this site and others for info on just what this means, and of course got totally confused and baffled. the doctor's (form) letter recommends diet to lose 1-2 lbs/month, excercise and a baby aspirin.
I'm 5'11", about 215 lbs. I don't know my BF%, but I wear 36 inch pants easily, and measure 37.75" at the navel. so OK, i could lose some fat, but I've been working on it. I train 9 - 12 hours per week, weights+cardio 3 times per week, BJJ+kickboxing 2 - 3 times per week, yoga once per week.
i eat oatmeal for breakfast, soup, fruit and V8 for lunch, fruit for afternoon snack. dinner is all over the place, i mainly try to stay away from too much fried food and watch my portion sizes. pre-workout, i usually have a piece of fruit and some OJ. post-workout i have a protein shake.
i take a men's formula multivitamin daily, plus extra E and C. i also take an aspirin, chondroitin/glucusamine/MSM and flax oil cap daily. i recently added ZMA, and just got my first shipment of Flameout.
i drink lots of water, have cut down on my coffee intake, and drink a glass of metamucil every day.
i guess there are some small things i can do diet - wise to get my LDL down and my HDL up, and i hope the Flameout will help. Do i need to go really strict with my diet (no soup, really watch what i eat at dinner), or is this cholesterol number game overblown and not worth worrying about? the big mystery is taht the last time i had this checked, about five years ago, it was 205. At that time i was definitely an out of shape fat bastard (about 280 lbs, wearing size 42 relaxed fit jeans). I've made good progress on the weight, have turned myself into a pretty decent martial artist, gotten stronger and have good endurance, but this damn cholesterol number has gotten worse.
one last piece of info: there is no history of heart disease or stroke in my family, except for my 80 year old mom, who has blockages in her neck. she's diabetic and hypertense. used to smoke three packs a day and drank heavily, so she's lucky to be alive.