Health Update


Last Thursday I completed my physical as mandated by my new health insurance.  This is going to be a yearly occurrence for me going forward, which is not a bad thing.  Back in high school football, physical meant something else, but we will not delve into that on here.  Last May, my employer was having health screenings at the office, so I was able to get accurate counts for the majority of my health statistics.  I will be using those numbers for comparative purposes today.

The silhouette should probably be a little plumper, right?

The silhouette should probably be a little plumper, right?

  • Total Cholesterol: May 2013 score was 125. September 2014 ¬†score is 149. The desirable and lowest listed range is 125-199. ¬†An increase, but not too big of one.
  • HDL Cholesterol: This is the ‚Äúgood‚ÄĚ cholesterol and your want a higher number.¬† May 2013 score: 41, September 2014 score: 57.¬† This is in the decreased risk factor interval. ¬†This score shows improvement from my last testing, so I have that going for me.
  • Triglycerides: May 2013 score was 100. ¬†September 2014 score was 57. Optimal is anything under 150, so I‚Äôm golden, and much improved over last testing.
  • LDL Cholesterol: May 2013 score was 64. ¬†September 2014 score was 81. ¬†Optimal is 55-99, and I am creeping to the top of that, so I will watch it a bit closer.
  • Non-HDL Cholesterol: May 2013 score was 84. ¬†September 2014 score is 149. ¬†Optimal is anything less than 130, so I have some work to do here. ¬†I am still in the safe range, but I want/need to get back to the optimal range.
  • Total Cholesterol to HDL Cholesterol Ratio: May 2013 ratio was 3.1. ¬†September 2014 ratio was 2.6. ¬†Optimal is less than or equal to 3.5.
  • Glucose: May 2013 score was 100.¬† This is 1 point higher than optimal, but upon reading the literature, the 65-99 scale they used was for fasting glucose (only water for 8 hours prior to screening) and since I had just eaten, my target range was 70-119, which I was comfortably within. ¬†September 2014 score was 86. ¬†I did fast prior to this test, so it looks good to me.
  • Blood Pressure: May 2013 score was 124/84, and September 2014 score was 129/86 which are both just over the targeted levels. The doctor did not seem too alarmed about this yet.
  • BMI:¬† May 2013 score was 36. ¬†September 2014 score was 35.5. ¬†This places me firmly in the obese range.¬† I‚Äôm working on that.¬† You can read an alternative take on BMI here.
  • Weight: May 2013 weight was 246.5 pounds. ¬†September 2014 weight was 248 pounds. ¬†I am obese by any metric and hopefully I will get a little more diligent about shedding some pounds.
  • Other Notes:¬†The September physical also produced a few other results that the health screening at work did not. Most of my results were in line with where they should be with one notable exception. ¬†I presented with a Vitamin D deficiency and advised to start taking a supplement. ¬†This was actually a subject at boot camp a few weeks back. ¬†I assumed I was OK in this regard and did not take any action. ¬†I guess I was wrong.

After both screenings I was advised that I need to get more exercise.  I tried to explain about my running schedule and boot camp, but when you are 50+ pounds over your recommended weight, no one listens to you.