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Because of Visalus…

Category : 90 Day Challenge, Accountability, Choices, Couch to 5k, Fitness, Women`s Health

Because of Visalus:

I went from a size 20 to a size 12.

Because of Visalus:

I am in business with one of my sons.

Because of Visalus:

I have ran 5k`s and a 10k and was training for a half marathon.

Because of Visalus:

I am on my way to financial freedom!

Because of Visalus:

I am now concerned about my overall health.

And because of this ……

I got a serious wake up call today when I opened up the email results from my Doctor visit yesterday. They did blood work to check all my blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides etc.  I wanted to see exactly what the health of my insides was after going from a size 20 to a size 12.

Please watch this video to to hear why this is so important!

The GREAT news is that there are NO signs of Diabetes!!! 

Kidney Tests: Good -- no changes needed
Electrolytes: Good -- no changes needed
Liver Tests: Good -- no changes needed
DIABETIC TESTS: Blood Glucose (Sugar) Normal. No evidence of Diabetes
Blood Glucose: 73

The not so great news….. All my levels are in the HIGH range which puts me at high risk for heart attack and stroke.

The results of your recent tests are explained below:
Lipid Studies: Poor, improve diet and physical activity
Total cholesterol: 286
Triglyceride Total: 162
LDL: 194
HDL: 59
Thyroid Function: Normal
Complete Blood Count:  Normal.
So what do those numbers mean? I wasn`t sure until I called and spoke with the Doctor. I thought I was quite healthy after losing weight and going from a size 20 to a size 12. I shutter to even imagine what thoselevels must have looked liked before I took on changing my health and wellness. So this is what www.Heart.org has to say about what those numbers mean...
Your Total Blood (or Serum) Cholesterol Level
Total Cholesterol Level Category
Less than 200 mg/dL Desirable level that puts you at lower risk for coronary heart disease. A cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL or higher raises your risk.
200 to 239 mg/dL Borderline high
240 mg/dL and above High blood cholesterol. A person with this level has more than twice the risk of coronary heart disease as someone whose cholesterol is below 200 mg/dL.
My Cholesterol was 286…..

Triglyceride is the most common type of fat in the body. Many people who have heart disease or diabetes have high triglyceride levels. Normal triglyceride levels vary by age and sex. A high triglyceride level combined with low HDL cholesterol or high LDL cholesterol seems to speed up atherosclerosis (the buildup of fatty deposits in artery walls). Atherosclerosis increases the risk for heart attack and stroke.

Triglyceride Level Category
Less than 100 mg/dL Optimal
Less than 150 mg/dL Normal
150–199 mg/dL Borderline high
200–499 mg/dL High
500 mg/dL and above Very high

My Triglycerids were 162

Many people have high triglyceride levels due to being overweight/obese, physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, excess alcohol consumption and/or a diet very high in carbohydrates (60 percent or more of calories). High triglycerides are a lifestyle-related risk factor; however, underlying diseases or genetic disorders can be the cause. The mean level of triglycerides for American adults age 20 and older is 144.2 mg/dl. People with high triglycerides should substitute monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats —such as those found in canola oil, olive oil or liquid margarine —for saturated fats, limit added sugars, eat complex carbohydrates and reduce fructose intake.

The main therapy to reduce triglyceride levels is to change your lifestyle. This means control your weight, eat a heart-healthy diet, get regular physical activity, avoid tobacco smoke, limit alcohol to one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men and limit beverages and foods with added sugars. Visit your healthcare provider to create an action plan that will incorporate all these lifestyle changes. Sometimes, medication is needed in addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle.

A triglyceride level of 150 mg/dL or higher is one of the risk factors of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk for heart disease and other disorders, including diabetes.

HDL Cholesterol Level Category
Less than 40 mg/dL
(for men)
Less than 50 mg/dL
(for women)
Low HDL cholesterol. A major risk factor for heart disease.
60 mg/dL and above High HDL cholesterol. An HDL of 60 mg/dL and above is considered protective against heart disease.

With HDL (good) cholesterol, higher levels are better. Low HDL cholesterol (less than 40 mg/dL for men, less than 50 mg/dL for women) puts you at higher risk for heart disease. In the average man, HDL cholesterol levels range from 40 to 50 mg/dL. In the average woman, they range from 50 to 60 mg/dL. An HDL cholesterol of 60 mg/dL or higher gives some protection against heart disease. The mean level of HDL cholesterol for American adults age 20 and older is 54.3 mg/dL.

Smoking, being overweight and being sedentary can all result in lower HDL cholesterol. To raise your HDL level, avoid tobacco smokemaintain a healthy weight and get at least 30-60 minutes of physical activity more days than not.

People with high blood triglycerides usually also have lower HDL cholesterol and a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Progesterone, anabolic steroids and male sex hormones (testosterone) also lower HDL cholesterol levels. Female sex hormones raise HDL cholesterol levels.

My HDL was 59…. not so bad…

LDL Cholesterol Level Category
Less than 100 mg/dL Optimal
100 to 129 mg/dL Near or above optimal
130 to 159 mg/dL Borderline high
160 to 189 mg/dL High
190 mg/dL and above Very high

Your other risk factors for heart disease and stroke help determine what your LDL level should be, as well as the appropriate treatment for you. A healthy level for you may not be healthy for your friend or neighbor. Discuss your levels and your treatment options with your doctor to get the plan that works for you. The mean level of LDL cholesterol for American adults age 20 and older is 115.0 mg/dL.

My LDL was 194.

I eat foods that I thought were pretty good for me. At least they were way better than what I used to eat for sure! I have my BBV Vi Shape shake for breakfast, a protein bar for snack, lunch, another healthy snack and then usually a bowl of Raisin Bran or a healthy dinner. But… I also drink Hazelnut Cafe instant coffee…. it is my guilty pleasure.

So what now?!

I am starting my next 90 Day Challenge you can read about it here….. My Next 90 Day Challenge

But now I am including dropping all my bad levels and raising my good HDL. I don`t have a goal number just yet until I talk to my Doctor again to see what is a realistic goal for 90 days. I also want to drop my Body Fat percentage. I believe it was at 27% and they say it should be under 20% for me. Again, not sure what a realistic percentage is for that until I speak with the Doctor again.

So, I really need your support in this next 90 Day Challenge. My health depends on it! Please take the time to comment, cheer me on, share your stories about how you may have lowered your levels. My children no longer live at home so I need all the support I can get from my friends!

Now for my real request….. I am begging you to take your health seriously. Please consider taking the 90 Day Challenge and making it a part of your lifestyle. I am not dieting, I am changing my lifestyle. This is a process not an event. It is never to late to start unless they have signed your death certificate. I plan on prolonging that event for a very long time.

 

Because of Visalus:

I now take my health seriously.

I got a serious wake up call today…. when will you have yours?

Learn more about the 90 Day Challenge here … www.HelpEndObesity.com

 

Live full out with Passion and Purpose!