The doctor's office called today with results from the blood work. Surprisingly, I have an infection (non symptomatic), and so they want me to do a round of low level antibiotics. I can't remember the last time I took those, which I guess means that I've been generally in good health.
The surprise was that my cholesterol was way up. Strange, because my weight has been stable and my diet really hasn't changed. They want to put me on a pill, which I'm resisting. So their resident nutritionist is going to give me a call. That can't hurt, I guess, although I can imagine the recommendation will be to watch my intake of things I like.
But this led me to wonder - is there a link between increased cholesterol and stress? Low and behold, yes:
Stress can have a powerful, indirect effect on your cholesterol too. If you overeat, smoke, or turn into a couch potato in response to high anxiety, you're giving in to unhealthy lifestyle habits that can raise levels of bad-guy LDLs and erode levels of good-guy HDLs. Gaining excessive weight, eating a diet high in saturated fats, smoking cigarettes, and avoiding exercise can all deep-six healthy cholesterol.Well, well, well. Looks like I need to do more on the elliptical machine. Oh, and cutting back on the stress would be OK, too.