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April 12, 2013

NASH: Taking some important steps

 

I’m not the kind of person that blames my parents for the things that have gone on in my adult life. I don’t think they did anything wrong in the way they raised me and I think that I have benefited from their guidance. As I reflect on all of the things I inherited from my parents, there is only one thing that I am disappointed with: My cholesterol level. 

Cholesterol is made in the liver and also obtained in the things we eat. Many things can contribute to high cholesterol levels, including dietary habits and your weight. Since my mom and dad no longer have much say in the foods I consume, I guess I can’t lay it all at their feet. But according to the experts I have discussed this with, genetics does play a role in cholesterol levels, so mom and dad are not totally off the hook.

The reason that it is even an issue at this time is because of a recent health assessment at my work.  As part of a wellness plan, over the last couple of years the company that I work for has done a free health screening. The idea is if we are aware of problems, we can take steps to decrease some of the risks and eventually lower the cost of health care over the long term.

I am not going to get into the specific results of the test that was administered, I would hate to violate my own HIPPA rights. Let’s just say the results could have been better. Actually some of the results didn’t even register on the machine that was used because of some of the levels in my blood.  Since it was just a finger prick test, it was recommended I visit a medical professional and have a complete blood panel done so I can get a better understanding of the extent of my problems.

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