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Keeping on top of your health

I see my doctor once a year (cycling injuries excluded). That one visit though, is a really important one and something I recommend everyone takes a minute to consider.

When was the last time you had your cholesterol checked? Or your blood pressure? Or any markings on your skin? Sure you may be doing everything right, or maybe you know there are areas of your health that need a bit more work. But what if there was a way that you could stay on top of it all and maintain front of mind awareness of your health and whether you're headed in the right direction?

I believe there is:

Annual checkups.

I can check my own blood pressure, my weight, my bloods, even my body composition any day of the week in my rooms but I deliberately still choose to outsource that to another health professional who will be more objective than I am with my own health. I'm busy - I juggle competing priorities between work, study, family, stress...and whilst I exercise regularly and I make good food choices most of the time its still important to track where I am at. I know what my normal blood pressure is and I know how all of my important blood results vary from year to year. And most importantly, I know which direction they are trending in so I can choose to make changes if I need to.

Some of the measurements that you should be thinking about, that are predictors of health with solid evidence behind them are:

  • Blood pressure
  • Waist circumference (I actually prefer this over body weight and BMI)
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood sugars
  • Liver function
  • And for women, I suggest iron levels too

There are plenty of other things your doctor can look at, but at the barest minimum, consider getting these tested annually, no matter how healthy your lifestyle is.

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