All the ORANGE really gives you pause, doesn’t it? At least it did when I first saw the results. I’m just imagining little cholesterol molecules floating in my bloodstream. I have elevated levels of LDL (Bad) in conjunction with high levels of HDLs (good).
Last week, I visited WellnessFX, a San Francisco based startup focused on giving consumers more information about their health through performing regular diagnostics on blood draws, setting you up with a phone consult to review your results, and the ability to track your progress online. It covers cardiac, metabolic, liver, kidney, electrolytes, bone, blood, vitamin and mineral levels. As a not terribly old person (yet!) with what I thought to be non-horrible habits (don’t smoke, or eat beef, no soda or fast food), I was horrified by my lipid panel results. During my phone consult, we talked through interventions to make to improve my results. No genius prizes here -
- Reduce carb intake (but I love rice and noodles!)
- Pick chicken (over duck, or pork! – less saturated fats to reduce the “bad”cholesterol in my diet”
- Work out more
- Add a daily multi-vitamin (results showed slightly low levels of Vitamin D, and East Asians are prone to osteoporosis, so better get on it!)