How serious do you take your fitness? Your health? The state of your well being? At the age of 29 years old, these factors are the baseline for everything else in my life. As I’ve touched on before in some of my other writing’s, having a solid foundation promotes overall vitality!
Truthfully speaking, millions of Americans are scared to schedule that yearly physical and look at what their numbers indicate. We ignore the signs and procrastinate when it comes time to take a look at how we are performing chemically and physically! Tom touched on his experience with his yearly physical this week and is a staunch supporter of knowing your baseline numbers to help educate ourselves and our physicians on our current health and provide insight if something may happen medically in the future. Like Tom, I had my yearly physical and blood work this week as well! It’s crucial in understanding your body on a chemical level and utilizing your physician’s knowledge to assess if there is a potential problem to address.
As we get older it is imperative to stay up to date on our medical check-ups and pay attention to what we can do to improve our health and fitness. My experiences are different than Tom’s as age differentiates the check-ups and procedures we need to have completed. Some recommendations are that you need 2 physicals in your 20’s, 3 in your 30’s, 4 in your 40’s, and yearly once you reach the age of 50. I am lucky in that my current insurance covers the cost of yearly physical examinations which I am taking advantage of, but depending on your circumstances you need to AT LEAST follow the guidelines above!
Ignoring the opportunity to take advantage of these tests or failing to follow through on ways to improve your numbers is a costly and potentially DEADLY mistake that you should not be comfortable making! By turning your back on these opportunities to find something before time exacerbates the illness is essentially like playing Russian roulette with a revolver to your head. You are basically just spinning the chamber hoping that this squeeze isn’t the end.
That may sound harsh to many of you, but leaving yourself in the dark when it relates to your health is not a smart decision, PERIOD! Why not take advantage of that series of blood tests, or the physical examination that your insurance company pays for? Hell, pay for it yourself if you have too! Cutting out a couple meals at a restaurant or a trip out on Saturday night is well worth the time and money it takes to cover the expense of those tests! We are willing to waste our money on plenty of useless expenses but don’t feel like we should cover medical expenses or check-ups that may save our lives?
If you believe that you are following through on the tests and examinations that you need to at your current age, that’s great, I commend you! Don’t use the excuse that “You’re not old enough yet”, “my insurance won’t cover it”, or “I’ll take care of it next year”. I trust that we all understand the importance of knowing and acknowledging the status of our health. But if you are the one who is allowing yourself to “Stay in the Dark” about your health, then I strongly urge you to use Tom and I as motivation and reconsider your position. Don’t be the one spinning the chamber and squeezing the trigger with no idea when it may be your time.
My 2010 Blood Test Results:
Cholesterol (Total): 129
HDL Cholesterol: 49
LDL Cholesterol (Calculated): 72
Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: 2.6
High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein: 0.020
** hsCRP is used to measure the active inflammation levels secondary to infection and can be an indicator of a risk assessment for coronary artery disease.
“Ensuring Americans have access to adequate medical care should be a priority for all of us.” – Dave Reichert