Knowing my numbers

As I mentioned in my hula hoop post yesterday my company sponsored a Wellness Fair, which included biometric testing and consultation with a nurse afterward if so desired.

I got my numbers last year and this year.

March 2012

  • Blood Pressure: 140/70 Systolic read in Stage I Hypertension Diastolic read in Normal
  • Active Lifestyle Heart Rate: 76 read in Average/Acceptable
  • Glucose: 84 (fasting) read in Desirable/Healthy
  • Cholesterol: 171 read in the Desirable/Healthy (all the cholesterol numbers read in Desirable/Healthy)
  • BMI (Body Mass Index): 23 read in Desirable/Healthy

I talked to the nurse afterward about my blood pressure number. She asked if I was nervous about the pin prick to get the blood for the testing. I said yes. (That can alter the number.) She said because all of my other numbers were so great and it was obvious that I maintain a healthy lifestyle she wasn’t too concerned with the blood pressure number, especially since it was at the very low end of the Stage I Hypertension.

February 2013

Skinny doesn’t mean healthy

I used to be considered skinny. I hate that term. To me it has a negative connotation.

According to Merriam-Webster, skinny means lacking sufficient flesh, very thin, emaciated; lacking usual or desirable bulk, quantity, qualities or significance.

But it seems like so many of us strive to be skinny. Why is that? Why do we think this looks better than this?

So here is the skinny on skinny …

A skinny person can have a high metabolism. So they think they can eat anything they want and they won’t gain weight. (That used to be me. I could eat or drink pretty much whatever I wanted and not gain weight.) But that doesn’t mean that skinny person is healthy.

Have you heard the term skinny fat? Skinny fat means a person looks thin but has a high body fat percentage. That can be dangerous.

Someone who ingests a lot of fat and calories and carbohydrates can have health issues. Someone who eats too much fat can be at risk for heart disease. Too many carbs can contribute to conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, according to Livestrong.

When the wellness program started at work … Continue reading

Staying healthy with regular doctor’s visits

Today I visited my doctor for my annual check-up. I was there about three weeks ago for my annual visit. But my doctor had a family emergency so I had to reschedule.

I usually have my appointment in the morning. But today was an afternoon appointment. I had to wait almost a half an hour just to get in the little room.

But once I was in the little room the nurse immediately took my weight, height, blood pressure and asked me the normal questions.

The doctor was in there within minutes of the nurse stepping out.

I had 10-15 minutes today with Dr. Fiscella. In that time she managed to perform my exam, chat me up about my allergies, my weird shoulder, exercise, my cholesterol and past and future travel plans.

I see her once (maybe twice) a year and she remembers that I like to travel. She is well-traveled herself. So I love to hear her stories and talk to her about places we have been and plan to see.

I really like Dr. Fiscella. I like her staff and her nurse practitioners. Everyone seems genuinely kind and happy to work there.

It all made it worth waiting … Continue reading

The 8-year lesson

Guest Post: Rob

A lot of things can happen in eight years time. Brett Favre could retire, health care could be reformed or Lady Gaga could wear something normal–the point is, that’s kind of a long time!

Still, it had been that long since my last check up or even a visit to a doctor for any reason since being discharged from the Navy in 2001. I was sent on my way with a clean bill of health and no reason to suspect any problems and life was good. That is, until about a month ago when a fluke instance of dehydration had convinced me to maybe just go in and get some basic labs done, you know, just to see if everything is still OK.

I’m 39 years old now, 31 when I was discharged from the Navy. I am 5’8” tall and weigh 184lbs with a medium build. I feel great and I have been healthy for the past eight years as far as I can tell.

I don‘t work out. But I also don’t eat a lot of sweets or drink a lot of soda. My diet is not  based on fast, greasy foods and I drink … Continue reading