I had a complete physical examination last week. The doctor said "everything seems to be okay. You should consider eating better and getting some exercise - let's see how the blood work turns out."
Four days later (today), my doctor calls me himself. "Hi Chris, this is Dr. Chau. I wanted to discuss your cholesterol." Here's the rundown: 251 total cholesterol, triglycerides are at 179 (should be less than 150), HDL (the "Good" cholesterol) is at 37 (should be above 40), LDL (the "Bad" cholesterol) is a whopping 178 (should be less than 100). So, this isn't the best news for a paranoid hypochondriac such as myself.
The good doctor asked if I wanted to consider go on medication or taking a "more aggressive" route of diet and exercise. I've decided to give myself 3 months, retest, then go from there. Of all of the genetic transference, the propensity to produce cholesterol is one I'd gladly have opted not to receive. Such is life.