Many years ago, before conceived with Ian, my HDL level was 4.1 mmol/L (required to be >2 mmol/L). After my first pregnancy, I stopped my weekly up-hill climb at FRIM completely then saw a significant decline by half to 2.1 mmol/L when I tested again after the birth of Isabel (2nd pregnancy).
The figure dropped further to 1.6 the next year, and finally 1.41 before I decided to take up exercise as advised. But it was so hard!!
I begun by some slow walk at the park, 2-3 days a week. The next year, I saw rebounce to 1.9 mmol/L. I was excited, then the same year I increased exercise, bought a HRM from Suunto and began running.
After running for about 6-7 months, I took a blood test… The figure DROPPED!! It became 1.6 mmol/L again.
But from what I have been educated, I know exercise would increase HDL whilst diet will help decrease LDL. So I persist with exercise. Afte another year, my friend and I realized that we have been doing anaerobic exercise, which could be harmful and not yielding benefits much. So changed our training to aerobic.
That was 3 months ago. I like the aerobic running better. And because it is less stressful on our body, I increased to 4-5 times a week, each about 50min. I think I’ve meet all recommendations on ways to increase HDL.
Then blood test (after nearly 2 years since the last one).
Results –> HDL dropped further down to the worst ever level, 1.2 mmol/L. To stay healthy I need to keep it up to above 2.0 mmol/L. For 6 years already it has been below that mark. Despite how much I work out, the figure keeps dropping.
I am so disheartened. I really wanna cry.
With so much exercise, my weight didn’t drop. My HDL didn’t improve. I’m so… disappointed. To the extent that I feel like giving up my exercise. What’s the point?! It is not doing good for my esthetic look, and it is not doing good for my health. The figure is worse than before I started exercise 3 years ago!!