14 April 2009

The Great Cholesterol Challenge

So it seems my cholesterol is on the higher side of normal and my Dear Dr would like me to get the numbers looking a bit better. Huh…cholesterol? Isn’t that something old people complain about, having to eat rabbit food and take pills? Apparently not.

Here’s how I’m looking at the moment (all results in mmol/L)
Chol: 5.8
Trigs: 1.6
HDL: 1.3
LDL: 3.8

The Doc has given me 6 weeks to make a difference on them there numbers, and I’m taking her up on it. I love nothing more than a good challenge and having such a measurable result is really something to get excited about, dorky I know.

The goal is to reduce LDL and increase HDL, and get my total cholesterol down as well. To spur me on and keep the challenge at the front of my mind, I’ve set myself a little blogging task. For the next 6 weeks, once a week, for your viewing pleasure, I will be providing some scintillating reading on cholesterol, what it is, how to manage it, controversy surrounding it and anything else I stumble across on the way.

If you feel I’m missing something or there is a burning question you have about cholesterol fire away and I’ll do my best to answer it.

If you’re really brave, join me. You can email me at yoyonomore(at)gmail(dot)com or comment right here. I’d love some support along the way. Do you have high cholesterol? Want some crazy Aussie gal to cheer you on for the next 6 weeks and surprise your Dr with the results? Not sure? Get a test and lets get going, we've got arteries to rescue.


  1. Hi Bernie,
    I don't struggle with high cholesterol but I am so interested in your journey. So what does it mean that she's giving you six weeks? Six weeks until medication? That would definitely be motivating. I'll be your cheerleader. :)

  2. Joie: Meds haven't been mentioned yet. I guess because I'm still within normal ranges, diet and exercise should make a significant enough difference. Here's hoping!