One of the first things we need to do when taking charge of our health and weight is to ascertain our own unique set of numbers.
The ideal standards are quoted hereunder but are available by researching any number of sources.
My list is quoted from information obtained from my marvellous GP, Dr Anna Hall. http://www.medichat.co.za.
Total cholesterol below 5 mmol/l
LDL-C below 3 mmol/l
HDL-C above 1,2 mmol/l
TriGlycerides below 1,7 mmol/l
FBG (fasting blood glucose) below 5,51 mmol/l
BMI (Body Mass Index) 25
Waist below 88 cms Female, below 102cm Male
While pin-prick glucose and cholesterol tests can give some indication of problems, results are best obtained from fasting readings provided by pathologists. It is well worth the cost to obtain these accurate numbers.
To obtain your BMI, divide your weight in kg by your height in metres squared. My own BMI comes out at 34.8 and you will see below where I feature in the ratings! Pretty horrific! (But better than it was a few months ago!)
less than 18.5 = underweight
18.5 to 24.9 = healthy weight
25 to 29.9 = overweight
30 and greater = very overweight or obese.