Them triglycerides

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 4:00 PM | comments: 0

Got my blood work back from my annual physical, and it mostly looks awesome, except the triglycerides, still. I mean, I can't say that I'm entirely surprised given my relative inactivity in the last year, and love of tortillas, tortilla chips, rice, noodles and such. My amazing doctor is putting me on something called fenofibrate, which I'm a little apprehensive about given the mixed results I've read. Some people get weird aches and pains, but for others, they see their triglycerides go from 900+ to 150 mg/dL in a few weeks. 150 is the top of normal, mine are at 252. This despite taking a massive amount of omega-3's called Vascepa. In January I was at 192, November at 353, September 228, 350 a year ago. I don't understand why it's so completely erratic. Exercise is probably the biggest mover, but I loathe exercise for the sake of exercise, especially this time of year.

My bad cholesterol is one point high, my good cholesterol one point low, my weight is too high, but otherwise, everything is where it should be. But as I get closer to the end of my second act, I do understand that it gets harder to maintain healthy numbers. Physical health unfortunately carries some of the silly stigma and misplaced blame as mental health, in that a lot of people will basically say that if you can't get your shit together, that's your own fault. I do not care for those people. What I can say though is that my best physical health has generally coincided with my best mental health, and I'm very much in a corrective posture on the latter. As my therapist is quick to point out, self-awareness is only part of the equation. The other part is readiness to act on what you want to improve, and that can be pretty difficult. That's where I am.

But also, I like tatertots and burritos.


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