And now for what's not so great, but certainly not so bad: the endocrinologist confirmed the metabolic syndrome diagnosis and further defined it as insulin resistant/pre-diabetic. I'm to continue to eat healthfully and exercise. And I'm adding glucophage (metmorphin) as a chemical intervention to help with the insulin resistance. Basically, the test results show that I have a bit too much free-ranging insulin in my system. My body produces more than I need or can use. The excess is stored in fat cells, particularly around the abdomen. Sigh. Guess what my biggest problem area is!
Anyway, this treatment is the first course of action and hopefully the only one I'll need.
And a quick shout out to Cindy on MFD - congrats on your fitness test results! That is so wonderful.