Here’s the result of my blood test at Singhealth Sengkang Polyclinic.
According to the doctor, Bad Cholesterol is super high.
What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in the walls of cells in all parts of the body, from the nervous system to the liver to the heart. The body uses cholesterol to make hormones, bile acids, vitamin D, and other substances. – https://www.singhealth.com.sg/PatientCare/ConditionsAndTreatments/Pages/Cholesterol.aspx
Doctor asked me if I am willing to go on medication.
I said no I will my go on medication but will exercise more and eat well.
Doctor said Exercises and diets won’t help. Only medication will bring the cholesterol down. If I do not lower it now, the chance of a heart attack is imminent.
Looks like the first question was unnecessary. It sounds to me like “Do it my way or die!”
So I asked the doctor about the price and side effects and whether I have to live with it forever. Of course, prescribe me, for I don’t want to die soon.
Prescribed 2 months of medicine. After that see the doctor again for a blood test.
Must exercise 4 times a week until panting and sweating.
In the meantime, if I have Excessive sweating, it is a sign of heart attack. Better rush to emergency unit immediately.
Everything else is ok – heart rate, weight, and diabetes.
Cannot eat and drink grapefruit during medication. See doctor upon experiencing muscle aches or allergic reaction.
Side effects of the medication may occur 5 years later as muscle pain and memory loss. (https://www.pritikin.com/your-health/health-benefits/lower-cholesterol/1468-7-tips-for-improving-your-ldl-cholesterol.html)
What I need to do more is work out.
What is Atorvastatin? Atorvastatin is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or “statins.” Atorvastatin reduces levels of “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood while increasing levels of “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL). Atorvastatin is used to treat high cholesterol, and to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications in people with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors. – http://www.drugs.com/atorvastatin.html
The cholesterol result is part of the blood test I took at the Singapore’s Polyclinic. The overall cost so far, including 3 visits and the medication, is less than S$25. Have you checked your health lately?