So I just opened the results of my last round of blood tests ordered by my GP, and it turns out all the important numbers that you want to keep low have jumped. What a shit!
My cholesterol, already high (for some reason I remembered it as being ‘on the high side’) has jumped to 8.1 (equivalent to 313 mg/dL in common US units).
That my blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides are all up so substantially from less than 2 years ago is a bit of a shock, since I’m about as fat now as I was then and eat roughly the same. The only really obvious change is my transition from occasional drinker to regular drinker, largely as a substitute swapped in for that other nasty I’ve given up, cigarettes.
I guess perhaps I may have been a little too regular with the booze (liver function tests bear this out) so that’s something I’m reducing permanently, but I’m still totally pissed off that I gave up the smokes more than a year ago and all I’ve got to show for it so far is this really crummy medical report.