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Friday, 2 March 2012

Being Well

The other day I went for a "wellbeing assessment". This included a battery of health-related tests including BMI, body fat percentage, blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and so on.

Wellbeing assessment

In most areas I came out healthy... just. I'm towards the upper end of the healthy range for BMI, waist to hip ratio, and body fat. So far, so much nothing to worry about, and not really a surprise. (Even the Wii Fit tells me I have a BMI of 24.) On the other hand my cholesterol, which I'd never had measured before, was "raised" - which apparently translates as nothing to worry about (it's not "high"), but maybe worth taking action to stop it getting worse. (I do eat a lot of cheese and butter, which is apparently bad for cholesterol.) I was fine on the other readings like blood glucose, hydration levels, blood pressure, and heart rate.

I'm pretty happy with the results, given that I know that this is about as unhealthy as I get (and that I eat cake whenever I feel like it). I know I've been slacking on the exercise front over the winter, and I'm trying to pick up the pace a bit now it's getting towards spring, so it's interesting to have some baseline figures. The guy who did my assessment suggested I might like to go back in three months' time, so I can track my progress. Apparently doing more exercise could be enough to change the cholesterol reading, so it'll be interesting to see whether it does.


rosaria said...

Nip that cholesterol in the butt right now! Yes, exercise, and lots and lots of fiber.
With your talents, you'll make your veggie cake and can eat it too!

Jenny Woolf said...
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Jenny Woolf said...

Exercise, it seems to be the thing. I like certain types of exercise okay but it's hard to find the time, it always seems to interrupt something...I am sure it will help though

Elisabeth said...

Good for you, healthy enough. to me that has to be good enough. You don't want to become a food and exercise fanatic, do you?

becky said...

that cholestoral thing is a pain rosaria says, nip it NOW!

Rachel said...

Good to have a check up occasionally, but our experience has been one gets such conflicting advice it's sometimes hard to know what to do1

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Good to get checked over now and again. Glad all is well.

Charlotte said...

Always good to have a checkup and it's an important reminder to us all. I think sometimes we tend to think that eating a vegetarian diet is enough to keep us out of trouble, but as you said, many foods tend to be high in fats/sodium/sugar. I always suffered from a high cholesterol so this is a swift kick to get myself checked out, too. Xoxo

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