When I paid a visit to see the doctor last week for an unrelated problem she reminded me that I should be having another blood test as a routine procedure to monitor my cholesterol levels. This particular test requires that I give a blood sample of course and it also requires that I don’t eat anything for the preceding twelve hours. That is the hard bit! Although I can fast and have done on occasion in the past, often for a whole day or even two and don’t find it difficult I do find the first few hours the hardest. So I had a late evening meal on Monday before 8 o’clock and my appointment was at 9.20 the following day. I had to have a round of toast on my return home at 10 o’clock, enough to curb my appetite for a few hours until we dined out in the afternoon.
I won’t know the results from my test for a week or so and if they are positive, that is low in cholesterol levels I probably won’t find out at all unless I ask my doctor. If however the levels are too high my doctor will probably call me in to discuss what I need to do about it. That I already know, eat less dairy produce and red meat, eat more fruit and vegetables and foods which naturally reduce levels such as both of which I do now. In fact I don’t think it is possible for me to eat any more fruit and vegetables daily as I am doing at the moment! My daily intake in that department is usually something more than eight of the five recommended portions. As long as the cholesterol levels are reasonably low I shan’t worry about it.