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!