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Can anyone help me with my cholesterol results?(15 Posts)
Have a phone appt in a few weeks as when I got my results over the phone the said is have to speak to the gp, but in the meantime I've done some reading and I'm now
Results are as follows:
Serum cholesterol 7.02 (was 5.8 in Dec 13)
Serum triglyceride 1.20 (was 1.04 in Dec 13)
Hdl cholesterol 1.99 (1.84 in Dec 13)
Cholesterol:hdl 3.53 (3.15 in Dec 13)
Ldl cholesterol 4.48 (no test done in 2013)
Can anyone help me decipher?
I've had cfs/me for the last 3 1/2 years ago no opportunity to exercise/so any cardio for the duration.
My diet is pretty good. No refined carbs, lots of fish /white meat/veggies. Limited added sugar. Maybe pudding once a week and the odd ice-cream in the summer.
No butter unless on weekly roast chicken or monthly mash. Rarely have cheese - perhaps once every couple of months.
I'm worried as all the results seem to going up.
If you have a CFS/ME diagnosis and raised cholesterol, ask him to test your thyroid function and antibodies (very important the antibodies).
Raised cholesterol can be a diagnostic for hypothyroidism, which is often misdiagnosed as CFS/ME.
Thanks - I thought they did run a thyroid test but can't seem to find the results on my printout.
No antibodies test though.
Any chance of getting the reference ranges for those thyroid tests?
@pleasemrstweedie I have a phone consultation this morning. Should I push for an antibodies test?
I also have a goitre on my thyroid. About 5cm long. Scanned - all fine and no further treatment needed unless it gets too big.
Could this be playing a part do you think?
TSH is almost spot on, but ft4 is in the bottom 30% of the reference range, so FT3 will be correspondingly low, which is what gives you symptoms of hypothyroidism. There's a list here:
You also have a goitre. How much more evidence does your doctor need?
I don't believe you have CFS/ME at all.
Thank you - could I be this ill with thyroid symptoms? I'm a moderate to severe sufferer - classic post viral case. Also have fibromyalgia.
Having read one or two of your posts .... (but not all ) ... have you had your vitamin D level measured ? .... What was it ....?
When you mentioned fibromyalgia .... , there is a possibility that many symptoms of fibro can be be caused by Vit D deficiency... indeed, some people are diagnosed with fibro , when in fact their problem is Vitamin D deficiency. I just wondered if that might be part of your problems ....?
Hi better - yes I've had my vit d tested as my part of the annual bloods - this is the first year its been marked as insufficient rather than adequate.
It's 36.6 so insufficient rather than deficient (range is <25 deficient, 25-50 insufficient). I'm now diligently taking 1000iu of d3.
Missisboote I hope you don't mind then , if I talk about a couple of things. Your vitamin d level is really low at 36.6.
The level that you have called "sufficient" , is only that level which is considered to be sufficient to prevent rickets and bone problems. That is , at 50 nmol/L , it is considered such that you probably won't develop rickets , every other benefit of vitamin D , is not considered in that recommendation. Your actual level of 36.6 means that, if you were a child , you would have a possibility of developing rickets. Yourself , as an adult , rickets cannot develop , you are too old .... ( sorry about mentioning that ....! ) but there are lots of symptoms which may develop in an adult , including those similar to Fibromyalgia. In fact , Fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed when Vit D deficiency is the cause.
You are taking 1000 IU per day , and in general , that may raise your Vit D level by about 25 nmol/L. So, it is likely that after about 3 months of supplementation , your level will rise to about 60 nmol/L. That is roughly about half the level that you really need for optimum health.
In my opinion , you should make sure that your blood level of Vitamin D approaches that found in healthy humans . That is above 100 nmol/L . To achieve that , you need at least 3000 IU per day.
Please have a look at many threads about this issue here on mumsnet. I have given lots of info about this.
Here are some of the threads. Lots of people with Vit D deficiency , how they supplemented , how they responded , how they are better ,
have a look at those , if you need any more info , just PM .
best of Luck ,
PS. If you get your vitamin D level to where it really needs to be , then other problems like thyroid etc should be addressed with more success.
I have posted quite a lot on this issue here on Mumsnet. Just search for my nick. Bettertobehealthy if you are interested.
I don't mind at all better.
I'll up my intake to 3000/day.
Anything that helps me live a more normal life, the better.
I am pleased to hear that you intend to raise your Vit D level.
If you have read those threads above , you will see that daily doses are much better than weekly or monthly . Also , you may have seen that if you have absorption problems , then it is advisable to measure your level. You should not just assume that because you are taking " a particular" a dose , that your body will absorb it. This is a very important point. recent trials ** ( see below ) have shown that your body can have as much as 6 to 1 variability in response , so, you may have either more or less than the average.
I have not read all of your posts , ... however , if you have any kind of gut absorption problems , such as IBS, IBD, Coeliacs, Pernicious anaemia, Crohn's, Bile problems, Gall Bladder out, etc, etc , then, if you take a supplement , you should check that you are , in fact , absorbing what you are taking . Check you blood level ! Your blood level will settle down to a long term average , after about 3 months of the same dose supplementation , daily.
If you do in fact have gut problems , you should consider bypassing the gut absorption route. By taking a sublingual spray , commonly available , ( preferably 3000 IU per puff ) . I believe there are several available . Choose a quality brand.
In the UK , you may find a doctors resisitance to checking your vitamin D levels , after the first test, mainly because the assumption is , " that if you take any kind of supplement , then it will definately work as expected ". It will not definately work, because of that 6 to 1 variability I have just mentioned.
As above , if you keep your blood level above 100 nmol/L , preferably 120 - 140 , over the long term , try and maintain a healthy diet , with all those other nutrients that you need , then your body will have one of the necessary resources required to improve your health.
Best of luck
** Responses to Supplementation
IF you want to check blood level , you can send for a test kit , from this NHS lab , in the West Mids. Results are emailed back to you within a week.
www.vitamindtest.org.uk . They will test for the general public, BUT they do charge £ 28, if it is not doctor ordered.
Thanks for the update.
I'm now taking 3000iu a day.
I'm pretty sure I don't have any absorption issues - my gut is one of the only things I don't seem to have problems with!
I'm sure my gp will be happy to re-test in a few months.
Once I get the levels up should just continue on 1000iu/day or just supplement in the winter months?
Diet is good so I don't think I need to make any changes there.
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