Have you ever wondered how to know how healthy you are? How to assess your risk of chronic disease or how effective your health habits are in keeping ailments away? Just because you have a normal weight on the scale does not mean that you are metabolically healthy.
Metabolic health is defined as having ideal levels of blood sugar, triglycerides, high levels of HDL, optimal BP and a normal waist circumference without needing medications to achieve any of these.
Unfortunately, overweight, and obese individuals are known to have the worst metabolic health. Nowadays it has become ever more important to get your health ducks in a row. It has unfortunately been proven numerous times that those with worse metabolic parameters have the worst outcomes if and when they get sick.
Waist circumference is one of the very important markers of metabolic health, which if it is larger than optimal, implies visceral fat. This is fat around the organs; it can be a driver of inflammation and chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke.
An ideal waist circumference in females is less than 80cm and less than 92cm in males. Anything above that has been shown to highly increase your risk for developing chronic diseases.
How do we achieve optimal metabolic health?
• Eliminate processed food.
• Get consistent good sleep.
• Regular exercise.
• Minimize toxin exposure.
• Optimize stress management.
• Spend time outside.
• Healthy relationships.
Remember that some of the most effective tools you have to better your health is your fork, your clock and your running shoes.
Most of us are trapped in an obesogenic environment with too much food available, and we eat it over too long a period of time each day. By this we cause too much growth and too little repair in our bodies.
We live in a time where most of us are overfed but undernourished.
I do not want you to feel discouraged or trapped. Optimal health is within your reach with persistent health habits practiced daily.
There is no way to tell if you are metabolically healthy without having certain measurements done. Nowadays we have many non-invasive measuring tools available to accurately measure a person’s metabolic health. By knowing your numbers, you can mitigate your risk of disease and have a concrete measure to compare the effectiveness of your wellness efforts.
How to measure your waist circumference at home – video?
Two other measures you can do at home is your blood glucose and blood pressure.
Your blood markers will have to be measured by your doctor or at a lab.
At RevitaHealth we have the option available to measure all of your metabolic markers in one go.
We recently went into partnership with the Brandmed group and are using their KardioPro system to effortlessly measure the state of your health with clinically validated point of care measuring tools which consists of:
• Lipid profile (including LDL, HDL and triglycerides)
• Blood glucose
• HbA1C (a measure of your blood glucose control over 3 months)
• Blood pressure
• Pulse oximetry (oxygen saturation)
• Spirometry (lung capacity)
• InBody (body composition)
I always tell my patients to test and not just guess… you only have one body and one shot at life. Make it your best one!