Posts Tagged health

Cholesterol review 2

My body statistics are better and worse. My weight is up over 180lb, but that’s with my clothes & shoes on. My body fat percentage is apparently a little up, but it’s probably within measurement error. The doctor was satisfied with my level of health.

Measurements are in mg/dL:

type 2006-11-20 2010-09-23 2011-01-27
Cholesterol 130 176 155
Triglyceride 64 <45 74
HDL 41 45 45
LDL 76 not measured because triglycerides were so low 96
glucose 92 90
percent fat 16.1% 16.4%
blood pressure 120/80 102/80

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Plantar Fascism

I apparently have plantar fasciitis, otherwise known as “a pain in your foot in the morning.” Apparently it’s because I have flat feet and overuse my feet without enough stretching. It’s interesting that this started when I wasn’t running anymore.

Moral of the story: stretch after dancing! Maybe just stretch every night.

Man, it sucks to get old.

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Cholesterol review

I just got my cholesterol, glucose, percent body fat, and all that tested. It’s pretty good, but not amazing. I did this once before, and here’s the comparison.

Measurements are in mg/dL:

type 2006-11-20 2010-09-23
Cholesterol 130 176
Triglyceride 64 <45
HDL 41 45
LDL 76 not measured because triglycerides were so low
glucose 92
percent fat 16.1%
blood pressure 120/80

The doctor said my HDL should be higher, but with the really low LDL, it’s not a problem. The total cholesterol is way up, but I guess the reduced LDL makes up for it? More exercise and healthy fats would likely help, but it’s not worrisome. Likewise, my glucose looks good, no sign of my family’s hypoglycemia. My body fat percentage is high in the “fit” range (13%-17%), and far away from the “athlete” range (which ends at 13%).

In other words, I’m a fairly healthy young person. More exercise would be good for me, but I didn’t get exercise over the summer and I’m restarting now at Google, so it’s not surprising to hear that.

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Intense hunger & swimming

 I’m doing a medical blood test thing today, and it requires fasting for 10-12 hours before. But I wasn’t hungry 12 hours before, so I’m actually fasting for 15 hours, and it’s awfully annoying. Man, hunger makes it hard to concentrate.

It probably doesn’t help that persistence has paid off in my newfound exercise of swimming (Google has those "infinite" treadmill pools), so yesterday I was able to swim until I was tired, rather than until the drowning sensation overcame me and I had to stop. It turns out that breathing more than once every 4 strokes makes it a whole lot easier. I think that breathing frequency will have to be a goal to work up to.

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Sickness & modern TV

You remember when you were sick and lay in front of the TV drinking lots of fluids and watching crappy shows? That’s when I got my daytime PBS. Happy trees. Woo.

I’m a bit sick again, and although I’ve managed to put in some good work on my dissertation, I’ve also spent some time around the edges watching modern crappy TV: YouTube. I’m surprisingly entertained to watch commentated Starcraft 2 (beta) matches. It’s clearly a worthless activity, but sliding 10 or 30 minutes into a meal or snack shouldn’t hurt anything. It’s partly entertaining because of the semi-amateur presentation of the commentators. They say some really silly things.

Edit 2010-04-05: Some of those silly things include yelling, “No, don’t set up the tanks, why did you do that, oh god!” or saying, “What did I just say, that wasn’t a word, it was just sounds.”

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In Tennessee

I’m currently in Tennessee, after a last-minute trip to Boston. In case you hadn’t read it on my mom’s health blog, she died on Tuesday night shortly after we’d all arrived. We didn’t really see it coming–she’d been in the hospital with a fever before, she’d had infections before, but this time the combination of cancer and pneumonia overwhelmed her. None of us realized it was so dire until the last minute, and we arrived at the hospital just in time to see her. She, however, was not awake, and she probably never realized that this was the end.

Her funeral is on Tuesday. After that, I’ll be back in Berkeley finishing up my dissertation.

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Godwin’s got AIDS

No, really, there’s a German AIDS awareness campaign that equates AIDS with Hitler. It’s NSFW, but highly awesome. There are some other mass murdering dictator posters, but Hitler’s is the most striking to me.

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A wise take on socialized insurance

Dan Savage has written a very good post about why opposing health care for all is anti-family. I was impressed, and decided to share it here.

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Major ergonomics failure

I’ve begun suffering from some repetitive stress ailment in which my right wrist is strained when I angle it right. I’ve finally figured out that it’s from typing–all that reaching to the right for the damn important keys. Enter, backspace, and shift all require that I move my wrist pretty severely, and, especially when programming, those keys get hit quite a lot. I could move my whole hand, instead of just my wrist, I guess, but that’s really slow.

Obviously, the right solution is one of those Kinesis keyboards that puts the control keys under your thumbs. I mean, seriously, that’s obviously the right design. Why am I wasting two thumbs on one space bar?! Unfortunately, spending $300 on a keyboard seems a little excessive, especially since I don’t need all the ergonomic features, just the important keys under my thumbs.

Do you happen to know of a keyboard that does this but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?

EDIT: In the mean time, I’m attempting to get around this by mapping some keys. Caps-lock is now backspace, and the damn Windows key is now a return key. And I’ll try to use left-shift, if I can remember. That should be much better on my wrist for now.

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Promised report: run & hike

2 Sundays ago, I did a fund-raising 5K run for Multiple Myeloma, in honor of my mother. I was pleased with my running (I didn’t stop to rest, this time), but more importantly, I raised an astonishing amount of money on my mom’s behalf.

I hadn’t expected other people to donate much (I really do hate asking for donations), but the total donation was $370! (No, that’s not $370 factorial, though that would be an impressive donation.) Thank you very much for your help! That, and not the running, was the real triumph. I am astonished and impressed to get so much support for Ellen.

Thank you!

In other news, I also went on a hike to Mt. Diablo. It was very nice, and pleasantly green for California. I’d recommend it to anyone. Here are a few of the better pictures.

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