I think it’s important from time to time to have some health screening done. If everything is fine, great. If you need to adjust your diet and/or lifestyle, it also can provide the impetus to do that.
Life Line Screening was in Westcliffe yesterday. This company does ultrasound screening for carotid artery disease, atrial fibrillation, aortic aneurism, peripheral arterial disease, heart disease and diabetes. They tell you up front that if they find something terrible you will be told right away, but otherwise it takes three weeks to get the results.
I took it as a good sign when I was not escorted directly to an ambulance.
Life Line also offered a blood lipid profile test taken from a simple finger stick with results available in 6 minutes. Life Line says the test meets the Centers for Disease Control “Gold Standard” for accuracy. I was disappointed the pre-test survey, which is most likely used for scientific analysis, did not ask about eggs or lard, which I consume almost daily along with a lot of vegetables and fruit. My results:
- Total choleterol: 196 (below 200 is considered good)
- HDL “good” cholesterol: 87 (above 40 is good)
- Triglycerides: <45 (below 150 is good)
Because my triglycerides were so low, the test was not able to calculate my LDL cholesterol, which people often call the “bad” cholesterol but is actually only bad when it oxidizes. It’s another discussion altogether.
The blood test also measured C-reactive protein, which is a marker for chronic inflammation, with high levels now considered a major risk factor for heart trouble. Mine registered at 0.67. Anything below 1.0 is considered a low risk, with 1-3 being average.
For those in need of some guidance about health screening and what to do about the results, I recommend the book “In Fitness and In Health” written by Phil Maffetone and edited by myself.