Thursday, July 24, 2014

Healthy as a horse

Are horses really healthy? They do work hard.
In light of Jillian's dismissal of my health, I wanted to provide the latest data that I actually am quite healthy, if my Walgreens Wellness exam results aren't enough proof. These are from actual doctors.

Results from my stress test earlier this month just arrived (given because of my family history):
The patient exercised for 12 minutes and 54 seconds of a Bruce protocol achieving 14.8 METS. The peak heart rate achieved was 179 bpm which is 101% of the patient's maximum predicted heart rate.... The blood pressure response was normal. The heart rate response was normal. During the test, the patient reported no chest pain or pressure. The test was terminated due to heart rate achieved. Functional capacity is above average.
I didn't really understand all of the information so I did some searching around the Internets.  From this test, I found was able to estimate my VO2 max: 52.60. It would appear from norm tables that it's not my oxygen uptake that is keeping me from being a high-level athlete.

Selected scores from my blood chemistry panel, also earlier this month:
  • Fasting glucose: 79 
  • Cholesterol: 154
  • Triglycerides: 108
  • AHDL: 74 
  • LDL: 58
  • VLDL: 22
  • Cholesterol/HDL ratio: 2.1
In my family, fasting glucose usually isn't the problem, it's glucose tolerance, so last year I had an A1C result of 4.5, and a calculated average glucose of 82. The endocrinologist didn't see a need to repeat the test again this year given the excellent result last year. 

I am not saying my health is perfect. I have Hashimoto's hypothyroid (which is well-managed with meds). I have seasonal allergies. I have some mechanical issues that I am working on.  I'm also working on losing weight with Weight Watchers, and making progress, albeit slowly. I have talked to my endocrinologist about the weight, and he said that as long as I continue to stay active and eat a healthy diet, the weight itself is not a problem. He said to look around at family parties and compare myself to the people there. Weight is heavily (no pun intended) influenced by genetics.

So I'm doing what I can.  And I was about to say "maybe I'll never be a model," but I actually have a photo shoot coming up. More on that later...

Photo from Fitbloggin' with Heather, in which both of us are looking pretty healthy and cute, IMHO. 


1 comment:

  1. I've been fascinated with the whole idea that being moderately "over weight" (in quotations per BMI, which is woefully outdated and based on faulty science) is actually healthy than being "average" or "underweight" and that those of us in the "over weight" category are more likely to survive certain health issues/conditions.

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"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07