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A Visit to the Doctor

Last year I had two doctor appointments, one on June 1st and the other on September 2nd. The June 1st appointment was held to discuss the results of two blood screenings, one done at the end of April 2009 and the second one done at the end of May 2009. In April my glucose reading was 147. In May my glucose reading had jumped to 157. Whenever a patient has glucose readings above 140 two times in a row, the doctor can classify the patient as diabetic. I was given a choice in June, to lose weight or to take medicine (and lose weight) to reduce my sugar readings. I opted to not take any medicine. I chose to lose weight.

During the September 2nd appointment, I learned that my glucose reading was at a good range, in the 120s. My A1C blood test was within a normal range too. The doctor was happy, as was I, that I has lost 11 pounds since June 1st. The doctor expressed concern, though, about my cholesterol readings. My good cholesterol level had decreased since late April 2009, whereas my bad cholesterol level had increased.

During today’s visit the doctor discussed my most recent blood screening, which was obtained this past Thursday. My glucose reading is at a good range, in the 120s. My A1C blood test is within a normal range too. The doctor was quite pleased to find that my good cholesterol level had increased by several points and that my bad cholesterol level had decreased. The only bad finding at today’s doctor’s visit was that I had put back on 6 of the 11 pounds that I had lost since the last visit. I need to put more effort into losing weight.

In addition to going over my most recent blood screening, I had my annual gynecological exam as well. As I was leaving the doctor’s office, I made my next doctor’s appointment — for one year from today. Much better than the 3-6 month appointment schedule that I have been on!

5 Responses to “A Visit to the Doctor”

  1. Betsy from Tennessee

    Been there—done that… I have had a weight problem my entire adult life. IF I gain weight, my blood sugar rises. Then–I lose some and it goes down.. My last doctor's appointment was a good one. Everything was back down in the normal range… BUT–since I love to eat and gain easily, I do have to be very careful. It's a lifelong problem for me… Oh Well!!!!! Overall, I am quite healthy to be almost 68…Glad you got a good report.Hugs,Betsy

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  2. Denise

    Good for you on losing the weight and I know it's hard when it goes back on. As Betsy said, been there done that, many, many times but always trying and that's the main thing. I too am glad you got a good report and well done for going to the doctors and making that appointment. You're a good role model for all of us.

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  3. Anonymous

    Congrats on the good report. Gaining the weight back sucks, but I find as I get older it seems to be harder to keep it off – I've got that last 10 pounds I need to lose and it's kicking my ass. I've had the same issues with my cholesterol as well. The overall number is good, but the good cholesterol is down. They tell me to eat more fish, but the problem is I only seem to be able to find fish deep fried in beer batter (Ok, I confess, I can find other fish but the beer battered stuff is soooooooooo good, extra tartar sauce too please!)Good luck with the weight thing. I too struggled with my own for several years. It wasn't until I found Taekwondo that I was able to shed the pounds (all but the last 10 that is).Good luck!- The Evil SysAdmin

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  4. Ciss B

    Weight loss is something I battle too and it is not easy. I use to be small but between health problems over the years have put on way too much weight.I'm back on that lower caloric diet and hope to show good results like you in the next few months. I'm glad for your good report!

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