Me and High Cholesterol: A Love Story

SYoung Health Guide
  • Not exactly something you see everyday, but it isn't unusual to hear stories of people who "learned" to love a disease before beating it. I know, it sounds weird, but in order to deal with my high cholesterol I had to think a bit differently. I will most likely never beat my high cholesterol, but at a minimum I can keep it at a level where it won't prove to be too harmful to my health.


    To start, however, a little info about me. Yes, I am new around here and want to first thank for giving me the opportunity to talk about my life with high cholesterol. My name is Steve and I am a 46-year old male who lives in Northern Virginia. I have always been an athletic person, played sports pretty much all my life, and I love the outdoors, so it came as quite a surprise back in 2001 when I got a call from my doctor after a routine physical telling me that my cholesterol was over 270. Nearly ten years later, my cholesterol is somewhat under control, but it is always a struggle - kinda like having a nagging boss or a "drama queen" for a girlfriend. Unfortunately for me, I have to deal with the fact that I did not just inherit my very emotional nature from my mother, but that she also passed on the darned high cholesterol gene. Additionally, my father also suffers from heart disease (more about that in the coming weeks). So, as you can see, the deck is stacked against me when it comes to fighting this disease.

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    I am thankful for products such as Lipitor, which basically saved my life early on and helped me chart my "recovery" in the right direction. Having lived overseas for a good chunk of my life also gave me a deep appreciation for Mediterranean cuisine, which has also helped me greatly when it came to controlling my weight and cholesterol numbers.


    I have never really struggled with my weight given my aptitude towards exercise and my healthy eating habits, however, a few years back my weight went up to over 185 lbs. (not good for someone who is only 5'8"). Through an established exercise routine, I am now down to about 176 lbs. but seem to have hit a plateau. Entering this new year my numbers are pretty good as my total cholesterol count during my last visit with my cardiologist was 178 - albeit while taking 20 mg. of Lipitor daily. I look forward to sharing my experiences and struggles with this disease over the coming weeks and months. So long for now.

Published On: January 14, 2010