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About a month ago I had my first endocrinologist appointment since well before Mateo was born. During the pregnancies, my perinatologist (high-risk OB) took care of all of my diabetes management with a focus on tightly controlled blood sugars. In the weeks leading up to the endo appointment, I'd had a couple epiphanies I was looking forward to acting on.
First of all, I noticed that the blood glucose range I'd unconsciously been striving for was probably too restrictive for a non-pregnant diabetic. All the years of trying to keep my blood glucose level between 70-140 mg/dl had really skewed my perception of what constituted a "high" blood sugar. For instance, I would get a result of 150 mg/dl and correct it, which often led to lows. It dawned on me one day, "I don't have to correct for a 150 mg/dl!"
This led me to another revelation: if I'm able to keep my blood sugar steady within a slightly wider range of blood suga...
What Does PSA Mean? PSA is a blood test that is commonly used to help predict the presence of prostate cancer . It stands for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and refers to a protein first identified in 1979 that is made only by the prostate gland. It is currently used as a tumor marker and can also help monitor disease progression or lack of recurrent disease in patients who have previously undergone treatment for prostate cancer . A tremendous amount of confusion exists amongst patients and the popular press regarding PSA. Part of this lack of understanding has occurred because many think that an elevation in the PSA level means that one definitely has prostate cancer. In actuality, this is not true and this article should help clarify some of the confusion surrounding PSA testing. Most important is the “S” in PSA, which refers to the protein being specific to the prostate gland and not specific to cancer. Many conditions, both benign ...
Alternative Names High-density lipoprotein test Normal Values In general, your risk for heart disease, including a heart attack, increases if your HDL cholesterol level is less than 40 mg/dL. An HDL 60 mg/dL or above helps protect against heart disease. Women tend to have higher HDL cholesterol than men. Note: Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results. What abnormal results mean Low HDL levels may be a sign that you have an increased risk for atherosclerotic heart disease . A low HDL level may also be associated with: Familial combined hyperlipidemia Noninsulin-dependent diabetes (NIDD) Use of certain drugs such as anabolic steroids, antipsychotics, beta blockers, corticosteroids, and protease inhibitors
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