a while back my HDL (good cholesterol) plummeted, down to 11. it’s supposed to be over 40. this put me in at high risk for a heart attack (I’m only 32!). we tried Niacin, but it made me sick, so I’ve been taking 4 Lovaza a day for a few years, a Rx fish oil (not cheap!) and it only helped a little. after some research, I learned that exercise helps increase HDL. I started occasionally taking Zumba classes back in January, eventually committed to 3x a week. I was frustrated because I wasn’t losing weight or inches , even though I felt better and stronger. before that I half-heartedly walked/ran.
I got a call from a nurse today and she said my HDL is up to 37!!! Yay!! thank you Lord!
here’s a kicker though, that level could plummet again if I don’t work out for JUST 2 weeks. talk about motivation!
I’m also insulin resistant and my A1C is down to 5.4
I hope this encourages someone else too. it’s not always about the numbers on the scale or the tape measure, but lab numbers don’t lie. getting healthy is more important than looking ‘better’.