Is Life Too Short To Worry About Cholesterol?

I’m voting yes after my blood work came back with my LDL on a stretcher. Didn’t much matter that my triglycerides and HDL are soaring like jets, it’s still considered too high…

bad, bad cholesterol.

The little girl from my doctor’s office calling to give me the stats, suggested I give up milk, butter, eggs and all fatty meats. With the exception of fat flesh, I live on the other four. I put whole milk in my coffee and butter on my bread. What’s life without scrambled eggs I ask you, or a little egg salad on rye?

She also added, “Oh…I almost forgot Miss Bianchi…no wine or cheese.”

“Excuse me, did you say no wine or cheese? Expect a call from my lawyer in the morning.”

Not being much of a drinker, I could certainly forgo my weekly glass of Merlot, but the thought of giving up pizza may require a letter to my congressman.

I live on vegetables so that should glean me points, but apparently Dr. R. told her to tell me, if my LDL wasn’t lowered in six months then I’d have to consider medication.

Yeah…fat chance…these doctors make a fortune in kickbacks from the drug companies each time they sell someone on a drug. I didn’t believe it at first, but after a year of having every pill thrown at me with murmured possible side effects, I do now.

You may sprout another head Miss Bianchi, but that’s considered rare so I wouldn’t worry, as he packed his golf clubs on his way down south.

This news wasn’t greeted well, as you can see, making me turn to history for solace.

Did Thomas Jefferson and George Washington worry about their LDL? They lived on mutton and Madeira for God’s sake. Did Tom say to one of his slaves, “Listen, from now on it’s margarine and 2%, and no fatty sheep, you hear me Jupiter? And while you’re at it, hold the stilton ( a very rich cheese).”

Tom was 83 when he said adios, and George, though younger, would have lived much longer if he didn’t die of a cold. He was 67.

His manners are what killed him, not plaque. He got caught in the rain on horseback and on arriving home, rather than keep his dinner guests waiting by running up to change clothes, he presided damp, drip-drying over dinner. I ask you, where was Martha to say, “George, go upstairs and put on dry pantaloons…NOW.” One can safely say she wasn’t Jewish or Italian.

But I’m digressing.

I’m very concerned, yet not so much sashaying back and forth.

I don’t want to give up the foods I love since I don’t eat all that much to begin with, but a heart attack doesn’t interest me either. Who has time?

But then I read about that mudslide in Washington, and the woman who was killed by a brick on 57th Street…throw in 9/11 and I say, to hell with it.

I’ll have a toasted bagel with extra butter, two scrambled eggs and milk for my coffee and a slice as I’m walking out the door.





About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
This entry was posted in food, Health, History, humor, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to Is Life Too Short To Worry About Cholesterol?

  1. jimmie chew says:

    πŸ˜‰ try the non milk milk and keep the butter i say πŸ™‚ meet your body half way. humans shouldnt be drinking milk anyway


  2. micklively says:

    What they don’t tell you is that your body manufactures its own cholestrol. It’s obvious really: cows eat grass but there’s plenty of cholestrol in beef steak. Poor diet can up your blood’s lipid count but so can lots of other things: like stress, for instance. So, it’s like the poster says: “keep calm and eat lard”. (I’m allowed a tad of paraphrasing).


    • Well, if stress is the culprit then that explains it since mine is off the charts. Just had a huge meltdown. Woke up after bad dreams, worries…I’m having pizza for lunch, that does it.


  3. katecrimmins says:

    Oh dear, I can relate. Many years ago, my very conservative doctor said that since I was on the threshold for medication and both parents died of heart disease, I should be proactive and take a statin. After a about a year, I succumbed to his advice. He tried to prescribe a hefty dose. Don’t like meds myself so I whittled him down to the lowest possible dose (5 mg). He didn’t think it would work and guess what! In 3 months my total cholesterol was down to 140 which is very low. My diet is fairly good although I do like the occasional steak but I much prefer veggies and starches. Now I hear that statins are bad for you so on my next doctor’s trip, I will discuss weaning off to see if I will die instantly. I think being active and eating moderately is what it’s all about and oh yes, stress. None of that (like any of us have a choice). Last thing I heard about eggs is that they are good for you and I also read that cholesterol isn’t the predictable predictor that they thought it was. You know these things go in and out of vogue. Today it’s bad for you, tomorrow it’s the superfood. Good luck with all this (and perhaps you can find a hot doctor what will take you along on his trips!)


    • I can caddie….my friend Hank just sent an email saying he lowered his by taking two heaping tablespoons pf Psyllium Fiber in juice twice a day. He gets it at Trader Joes. Don’t know if you have them by you…discount everything. I’m going to try that. Nora Ephron, in one of her essays, said eggs were not bad for you. I immediately went out and had one with a glass of wine. I miss her.


  4. Patricia says:

    I don’t understand when doctors tell you to stop eating something. If you are allergic to it ok stop otherwise I say everything in moderation. Everyone in my family dies of heart disease…most have heart attacks by their 60th birthday…and they were so careful of what they ate and drank and took their meds. I am closer to 70 than 60 and even with some health challenges I haven’t had a heart attack or stroke. Not saying it couldn’t happen tonight just sayin’ I’m still here and all but one of them are gone. Gonna get some ice cream now.


    • I have visions of you and Teddy sharing a bowl. My dad died of alcoholism…my mother a lung disease which is why I don’t run in extreme cold anymore. They ate like sailors. Once you crosseds the New York/Connecticut line all bet were off food wise. Salt, butter, sugar, met you at every meal. Cholesterol? Not in our house.


  5. I have been hearing this for years… my good cholesterol is great, my bad is borderline bad… I have heard the spiel of coming back in in six months… I will join you for a glass of wine and a pound of cheese and a side of bacon… great post, but, do take care of yourself.


  6. I agree with you, although I do need to get more exercise. You have that going for you at least. Also, I always thought wine was good for cholesterol. It’s good for something, right? πŸ™‚


  7. AZMike says:

    You are such a joy to read.
    I wonder what sort of a person I would have been growing up in a big city?
    I was told my cholesterol was high in 1988 and a blood test for a cdl showed possible cancer in 1996, they really need better training for their “sales pitches”. Instead of going in for further bad news I’m the turtle pulling his head back in his shell…. no news…. good news. I did buy some weights though today, pulled a muscle trying to reach behind me. Need to lift things heavier than the pen.
    You’re in my prayers. πŸ™‚


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.