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I was explaining that cortisol is the instant, it’s the preliminary stress indicator. It is the first thing that happens to send you into a state of alert. I’ll give you another quick story. Three years or four years ago, I was on the Beltway, a big rainstorm. The rain had subsided. Came over the ridge doing about 50 miles an hour.
I’m a health coach, okay, and I want people to think of me as being a healthy guy, but the fact is the reason people become health coaches is because they have problems and they’re looking for solutions.
It happened to me, it may happen to you. It may have already happened to you or it could happen to you in the near future. But in 2005 I was diagnosed with very high triglycerides. Basically, triglycerides are blood fats. Like cholesterol, triglycerides play a role in the diffusion of nutrients throughout the body. All rolling.
In this story, I remembered it just the other morning, it takes us back about 50, 60 years, I was about 10 years old. We had moved outside of Washington, DC about a mile outside of the city limits, which meant I had a mile walk to get to the city line, to grab the DC transit public bus, to get to school.
We want to be healthy, we want to be pain-free, we want to live an enjoyable life. Actually, that is a really good point: joy should be the center of your life. And if it’s not, you need to identify what portion of your life is not working well for you, because it does affect your health.
It’s going to happen. I guarantee you, at some point in your life, when you’re in your 40s or 50s, sometimes even in your 30s, you’re going to go in to see your doctor and they’re going to want to do a blood lipid profile, which is a blood test which is supposed to give you an indication of the health of your cardiovascular system.
I actually went to India running away from something. So I had actually been living in Europe for a number of years and the people around me compelled me to get up and move.
Cholesterol is there to save your life. A doctor’s focus should always be to help balance or lower cholesterol, not remove it entirely.