- Blood pressure - 128/76
- Blood sugar - 83
- Cholesterol - 163
- Ferritin - 46.4
- Iron - 108
- Thyroid 0.35
1) Blood pressure (128/76).
Still, for most of your waking hours, your blood pressure stays pretty much the same when you are sitting or standing still. That level should be lower than 120/80. When the level stays high, 140/90 or higher, you have high blood pressure. With high blood pressure, the heart works harder, your arteries take a beating, and your chances of a stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems are greater.
2) Blood sugar (83). From http://www.mercola.com/2002/may/25/fasting.htm , I guess my blood sugar level is normal. I would only have to be concerned if it reached 100 or higher.
3) Cholesterol (163; HDL 47, LDL 101):
If your total cholesterol is less than 200 mg/dL, your heart attack risk is relatively low, unless you have other risk factors. Even with a low risk, it's still smart to eat foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and also get plenty of physical activity. Have your cholesterol levels measured every five years — or more often if you're a man over 45 or a woman over 55.
Now HDL and LDL? I am waiting for the nurse to call me again because I forgot to ask about these. But the AMA site says
Your HDL cholesterol level
In the average man, HDL cholesterol levels range from 40 to 50 mg/dL. In the average woman, they range from 50 to 60 mg/dL. HDL cholesterol that's less than 40 mg/dL is low. Low HDL cholesterol puts you at high risk for heart disease. Smoking, being overweight and being sedentary can all result in lower HDL cholesterol. If you have low HDL cholesterol, you can help raise it by:
- Not smoking
- Losing weight (or maintaining a healthy weight)
- Being physically active for at least 30–60 minutes a day on most or all days of the week
People with high blood triglycerides usually have lower HDL cholesterol and a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Progesterone, anabolic steroids and male sex hormones (testosterone) also lower HDL cholesterol levels. Female sex hormones raise HDL cholesterol levels.