February 5, 2015 - Yikes! I knew that I was overdue for a complete physical - it had been a few years since I had one - so I decided to schedule one for after my 56th birthday. I just got the results from all of the blood work, and it is bad news across the board. My blood sugar level is elevated, putting me squarely into the pre-diabetic range and my cholesterol levels are high, putting me at a greater risk of heart disease (9% risk of a heart attack over 10 years). This is a real surprise to me, in light of the fact that I have been a vegetarian for 7 months now. I was really proud of myself for that, and in my mind, I had imagined Dr. O'Sullivan congratulating me for having "such good lab results for a man your age."
But even worse than that, the lab results for my PSA came back high at 8.16 ng/mL. This is not a good thing. The normal range is 0.06 - 3.50 ng/mL, and I have a family history of Prostate CA - Dad had it, and had his prostate removed. I don't remember how old he was when he had that done, but I think he was much older than I am now.
I am told to schedule a repeat PSA, and followup with Urology. The first appoint they have is a month out.