Know your numbers

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.

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4 thoughts on “Know your numbers

    • You’re a lucky girl ! And I’m lucky too to be her patient! She’s is so different to the type of GP that listens and then just starts writing on a prescription pad! She really listens and she really cares about her patients.
      Word gets around and I feel sure that her new practice will grow as fast as she would want it to.

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting! So many people just ‘lurk’ (as I am told it is called) and leave no trace of their visit! Hope to ‘see’ you again soon Helen.

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  1. Oh I’m super lucky, I know πŸ™‚ She’s an awesome doctor, in terms of clinical skill and knowledge, but even better at listening and getting to the heart of the matter.

    I’m sure her practice is very quickly going to become so busy she won’t know what to do with herself, and thank you for taking the trouble to mention how happy you are with her – daughterly pride is swelling up! πŸ™‚

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