Friday, May 14, 2010

Health Checks

If you would like any of the following information about your general health, please ask at your next training session.

Blood pressure: a blood pressure monitor gives you an accurate reading, as well as your resting heart rate, both of which give you useful information about your cardiovascular health.

Blood Glucose Levels: best done before the first meal of the day to test 'fasting' sugar levels. Higher than usual blood glucose levels may indicate a pre-diabetic condition, which when managed with adjustments to diet & exercise, reduces your chances of diabetes by up to 70%.

If any of your readings are outside the 'normal' range, I urge you to make an appointment with your GP.

Having a general health check once a year, especially if you're over 40, helps you stay healthy and allows early intervention if there are any issues.

Finally, look at these disturbing graphs from the Centres for Disease Control in the United States, showing the increase in obesity over time.
(use the 'previous' button to go back to 1994, when data was collected for all states.)

Given Australia's propensity for following US trends, this should concern us all.

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