It's taken me a long time to finally get this blog written! I've thought about it a lot and I was going to post this last week, but it just didn't come together and we were completely swamped with our fabulous new clients! And this post really deserves to have the full amount of time and effort put into it!
I went to my doctor last month to have my blood work done. This was something that I had been looking forward to for quite some time. When the nurse called to give me the results over the phone, she literally gasped! "Wow, I've never seen numbers this good! You must eat really healthy! Holy cow, you don't eat any sugar, do you?!" It went on and on...
Then I went in to see my doctor for a follow-up & he proceeded to tell me that I'm healthier than he is and wanted to know what the heck I'm doing! I was happy to oblige and tell him all about my program and left a stack of my business cards for him. It was a good day!
So, are you curious what my blood work showed? Well, you're in luck, 'cause I'm gonna show you!
Fasting Blood Glucose: 77 (normal range 70-99) - Pre-diabetes check, it measures the glucose (sugar) in your blood
Thyroid (TSH): 1.43 (normal range 0.40-4.6) - Measures thyroid function
HDL (good) Cholesterol: 45 (low risk < 59) - Screens for unhealthy lipid levels to determine heart disease risk
LDL (bad) Cholesterol: 67 (normal 100-129, optimal < 100) - Predictor of developing heart disease
Cholesterol: 119 (normal < 200) - Cholesterol is different from most tests in that it is not used to diagnose or monitor a disease but is used to estimate risk of developing a disease — specifically heart disease. Because high blood cholesterol has been associated with hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), heart disease, and a raised risk of death from heart attacks, cholesterol testing is considered a routine part of preventive health care.
Triglycerides for Lipid Panel: 37 (normal <150) - Helps determine risk of heart disease
Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: 2.6 (desirable < 5.0) - The total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol ratio is a number that is helpful in predicting an individual's risk of developing atherosclerosis. The number is obtained by dividing the total cholesterol value by the value of the HDL cholesterol. (High ratios indicate higher risks of heart attacks, low ratios indicate lower risk).
Doctor's notes: Results are optimal to normal and lipids are excellent. Diet?
I am so thrilled! It not only shows how healthy my body is from the INSIDE, OUT; it is just another validation to me that I'm doing what's best for my body and my body is thanking me for it! I'm so glad that everything Mr. Charming and I are doing will benefit our family - and future generations.
So where do my numbers stack up against other Americans?
Total cholesterol measurements in women become a major heart-disease risk factor after
menopause because their average total cholesterol leaps from 194 mg/dL when they're 40 to
49 years old to 219 mg/dL when they're 50 to 59. Total cholesterol above 200 mg/dL is a risk
factor, the NCEP reports. Men's average total cholesterol is 205 mg/dL when they're 40 to 49
and 208 mg/dL when they're 50 and above. Below age 40, men's average total cholesterol is
185 mg/dL but for women it is 183 mg/dL.
Here is some interesting reading material on Women and Heart Health.
Trends by State 1985–2010
During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. In 2010, no state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Thirty-six states had a prevalence of 25% or more; 12 of these states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia) had a prevalence of 30% or more.
|2010 State Obesity Rates|
|District of Columbia||22.2||Massachusetts||23.0||North Dakota||27.2||Washington||25.5|
The data shown in these maps were collected through the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), on the basis of self-reported weight and height. Each year, state health departments use standard procedures to collect data through a series of monthly telephone interviews with U.S. adults. Prevalence estimates generated for the maps may vary slightly from those generated for the states by the BRFSS as slightly different analytic methods are used.
The scary part is how these trends are affecting our children - our future (or not).
Prevalence of overweight among children and adolescents ages 2-19 years
Childhood obesity rates have tripled in the last three decades, and studies show that 80% of overweight children become overweight adults. The possible outcomes are sobering. The associated health risks range from Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, and stroke to gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems and some forms of cancer. The occurrence of these diseases in youth is on the rise and the age of onset is getting younger. An overweight child can suffer developmental changes that are not reversed even if they lose the extra weight and get fit.These include changes to bones and bone growth plates, metabolism, and the number of fat cells a person has for the rest of their life. For the first time in history, American children may have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? BE A GOOD EXAMPLE!
We all know that children learn by example, right? To inspire your children to put on their sneakers, be a role model. They watch everything you do and seeing the benefits you get from being fit is likely to make them want to try it. Show them how exhilarating running can be by taking them to a high school track meet (it's already that season - YAY!). Once they're ready to try something, whether it is running, swimming, biking, or shooting hoops in the yard, ease them into it. Start out slowly, build up gradually, and allow kids to stop and rest anytime they want. When the kids are younger make it a game…jumping rope, freeze tag or a game of hide 'n seek will yield great fitness benefits and you’ll have fun together - WIN/WIN!
GET INVOLVED IN ORGANIZED ACTIVITES - AND IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
There are kid’s fitness programs popping up everywhere. Your child doesn't have to belong to a sports team to become fit, but READ about how it can help - seriously a GOOD read! The most important this is to get your child(ren) active in some way. Check with your local Boys and Girls Club - these are a fabulous resource for your family! We (Mr. Charming and I as "Fit and Fab for LIFE") have just sponsored our first athletic team!! We are the official sponsors of the BGC Running Club! I'm SO excited!! All 3 or our older children are participating and we just can't wait to watch them run their little hearts healthy (not out, because really, they will only be getting stronger)! Also, our local gym, Coastal Fitness offers a wide variety of children's classes (from 18 mos on)! Look into the gym(s) in your area and see how you can get your kids (and yourselves) involved! You'll feel great, you'll look great and you'll be impacting your family for generations to come!
Now get out there and save our future generation!