The big, fat, ugly truth

heart-disease-life-insurance-300x236-300x336I am under attack.

Should have expected so, but in all cases starting with a C, you rather tend to ignore the truth.

GP nearly had a fit when overlooking my blood test results. Why?

The big… fat… very fat… C.

No, not cancer.

“Bad” cholesterol, in fact. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

Gulp.

When my doctor told me, he nearly had a fit himself.

“Oh, no, no. That cholesterol level surely belongs to someone else,” I thought. “No way that is mine,” because my bad cholesterol levels turn out to be really bad. Argh!

Isn’t it always like this, when you hear people vent about their weight gain? They ask themselves how on earth all that extra ice cream blubber ended up on their hips and thighs. My arms, once nicely formed from lifting books day in, day out, are now slowly turning into little wings.

When DID… THAT… happen?

The little devil on my right should is giggling, while my little angel on my left shoulder is crying of pain and utter shame.

Between them, there’s me sighing because I knew I kept on gaining weight because of lack of exercise and Prednisolone (steroid) treatment to kick the butt off my MS. Plus, since retiring I suddenly found myself in the land of ‘freedom to do as I please,’ which includes having naps whenever I feel I need to, relaxation and lots of sleep.

No more running after colleagues, no more getting up early to walk or cycle to the train station to go to work, no more decent bouts of walking anywhere, anytime. Oh no, I am not in denial anymore. I eat all the healthy foods people tell you to eat for a healthy heart, so lack of exercise is clogging my arteries. Blocking them big time.

So, yes, you get the idea… where I was once the size of a very fit knitting needle, I would call it roundish. After all, round is also a shape.

Research

It’s a very well-known fact that high cholesterol levels of the bad type can lead to people being more susceptible to stroke or heart disease. (1)

Raised cholesterol levels are associated with a more severe disease pattern. It’s, therefore, time to get real, take note of the dangers of high blood pressure and raised heartbeat because of weight gain. There is an urgent need for a detailed exercise plan that will help shed excess weight.

Writing Challenge: Great Expectations: For this week’s writing challenge, we want you to ponder your best, and worst, expectations.


© Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me, 2011-2012.

 

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7 thoughts on “The big, fat, ugly truth

  1. Eh, I’ve had high cholesterol since I was 13. I’m 47 and still alive and kicking. My heart, they tell me, is very healthy, and my veins are beautiful (so the sonograms say). But the doctors still shake their fingers at me and warn me of the dangers of high cholesterol.

    For example: my now doctor came in with the latest blood results saying, “I’m very concerned about your cholesterol numbers… We should talk about… oh, wait, they’re lower than last time. Never mind… but they’re still high!”

  2. So sorry to hear your news. Can you try supplementing while waiting for meds? Any type of exercise to get that heart rate up and cholesterol down? Recumbent bike works wonders for me. Be well friend!

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