Being as I am under medication I must have my health or status of my health checked every so often. The medication I refer to is not for any ailment I have I hasten to add but it is for my well-being nevertheless, they are simply the female hormones I have to take now I have transitioned. I have been taking the prescribed dosage now for 11 years and will need to carry on taking them for the remainder of my life. It’s all part of the transitioning process of course and quite normal in this respect. I have to take the hormones because my own body does not make its own. Unfortunately and for some reason I cannot remember just now, taking hormones has an effect on the body’s cholesterol levels. Just how they do that I have no idea and to be honest I am not interested, it is sufficient to know they do so I can keep my cholesterol levels in check. Now this is the crunch, I have to carefully watch what I am supposed to be eating and by and large I do that (see my page on healthy foods above) but occasionally I have lapses and let my diet go astray. This means I have had a little difficulty in lowering my cholesterol levels. I am within acceptable limits and they have remained constant but it would be better if those levels were a little lower. I can achieve that by eating the right foods and avoiding the not so beneficial and of course by increasing my exercise regime, which I have been doing recently. If you remember I had an accident in September causing an injury to my head which needed stitching and which prevented me from doing any strenuous exercise for over four months. That resulted in my having to lead a more sedentary life for a while, not a good thing if one wishes to remain fit. Resuming my exercise regime a few weeks ago was a blessing but it has taken me a while to get back into my stride and I am not fully there yet. So, lack of exercise, sitting down too much and letting my eating habits go astray all contributed to my not being able to reduce my cholesterol levels. As I said they didn’t go higher but they didn’t go lower either! On Friday I had an appointment with the doctor to have my blood pressure checked and to discuss the results of my recent blood tests. All was well but it was agreed that I should make more of an effort with my eating habits and my exercise regime, the very things I am in the process of doing.
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