Measures of Physical Wellness

How can you measure physical wellness? Is body mass index (BMI) a good indicator of wellness? What about body-fat percent? How about blood pressure or fasting blood glucose? Is cholesterol a good measure of wellness? Well, all of these measurements can tell you a lot about your health and should be measured regularly? However, based on extensive studies there are two indicators that best predict your overall physical wellness.

One measurement is your waist circumference. Waist circumference is strongly associated with abdominal fat, which is an independent predictor of many disease risks. Your waist circumference, which is measured across your belly button, is the simplest and one of the best predictors of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other leading diseases. Data shows that women with a waist circumference of less than 35 inches and men less than 40 inches have a much lesser chance of developing chronic diseases compared to those with greater waist circumferences. Bottom line, know your waist circumference and do something about it if it is too high.

Another measure of wellness is a comprehensive blood panel. Your blood is one of the best indicators of what is happening in the 60 trillion cells of your body. Millions of adults, even those who appear healthy, live with undetected illnesses many months or even years before they manifest themselves. An appropriate blood panel assessment gives you information to help you make decisions that impact your health and change your life.

There are biomarkers in your blood that could indicate many conditions and diseases including: cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke, cancer, metabolic disorders such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome, autoimmune disease including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, viral and bacterial infections, hormonal imbalance including menopause and testosterone deficiency, thyroid deficiency and nutritional deficiencies.

To help you measure your physical wellness to a greater degree, I recommend the following blood panel to be done at least twice a year:

  • 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D
  • C-Reactive Protein
  • Cholesterol
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
  • DHEA-S
  • Estrogen (Women Only)
  • Fasting Blood Sugar
  • HgA1C
  • Homocysteine
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acid Level
  • Progesterone (Women Only)
  • PSA (Men Only)
  • Testosterone - Total & Free (Men Only)
  • Thyroid - TSH, T3

For more information on blood tests and their acceptable ranges, go to the following websites:

www.webmd.com

http://pathcuric1.swmed.edu/pathdemo/nrrt.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reference_ranges_for_blood_tests

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