So, in the interest of, in all likelihood, justifying what they cost and cover, my health insurance through work is doing health screenings for folks who use it (there’s a carrot in the form of some gift certificates and whatnot). Being a stat-head, the chance to get a glimpse under the hood at stuff I can’t normally track was enough incentive for me, anyways.
First, the “bad” news:
– BMI is still a flawed and nigh unto useless metric for anyone who lifts weights. The fact that we’re weighed while fully clothed in work attire doesn’t help, either, so I get flagged as being overweight (25.2, bite me).
– Immediately after that measure, so I’m nicely annoyed, they take our blood pressure. In the middle of the workday. Gee, I wonder who’s going to look slightly elevated (130/82)? Considering that I routinely clock in around 114/60, I’m not going to give a damn.
– Hand-held resistance-based body fat calculators never show me any love. 17.8%, my ass.
Then, the interesting stuff, which requires blood and electronics to which I do not normally have access, and my little gold fucking star.
The good news:
– Glucose, 98 mg/dL (I wasn’t fasting, having had my usual protein shake for breakfast)
– Total Cholesterol, 118 mg/dL. Hot damn, that’s down twenty points.
– HDL Cholesterol, 54 mg/dL (recommended to be above 40, so I’m feeling good)
– TC/HDL ratio, 2.2 (ideal is anything under 4.5, so I totally owned in this regard)
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