For my 40th birthday or shortly after, I went to see my doctor about getting a mammogram done. It’s what you’re suppose to do at 40 so I thought, let’s just get this over with. I had decided a year earlier that I was going to be very good about having my breasts checked every year. Once at the office, my wonderful physician checked my blood pressure, booked me in for a mammogram and a physical exam and filled out forms for me to get blood work done.
Two weeks later, sitting in my doctor’s office again, she opens my file and says, “Let’s see what we have here”. Little did I know what those words would entail. My silent thoughts were without worry because, heck, I’m only 40 and still young. Actually, they say 40 is now the new 30 so what would I have to be worried about, right?
Little did I know.
Apparently, my cholesterol levels were extremely high, in fact, as high as normally reported in that of a 65 year-old man. I’m not overweight, in fact, I only weigh a whopping 114 lbs. Next, doctor informs me she needs to send me for an ultra sound exam to rule out possible kidney stones, from which we later discovered, I have two of them. Nice. The good news? My mammogram exam came back clear and I just have to keep re-examining every year as usual. Thank goodness for that.
Since that appointment, I’ve had to slightly change the way I eat making sure to stay away from foods high in cholesterol. Doctor suggested putting me on cholesterol tablets because research shows women whose cholesterol levels are as high as mine between her 40-50’s have a significantly higher possibility of developing cardiovascular disease and if you already have a family history of heart issues, your chances double. Well, that is me. I wasn’t about to doubt statistics or family history. I am now on Crestor and cholesterol levels have been reduced by half in only six months and with me on the lowest dose. I’m happy.
What I have just described, my friends, is what starts to happen to you once you hit your 40’s whether you feel good or not! The body begins it’s trek downhill. So many people nowadays go through life feeling absolutely fine to later find they’ve got some ailment of which they were unaware. It can happen. Your best bet is to get in to see a doctor every six months. Check everything. You’ve got everything to gain!
There is nothing wrong with caring about yourself. If you don’t, who will?