When I see my doctor, the nurse assistant measures my weight and my blood pressure. I never paid so much attention about these routine checks until I was told that my blood pressure was slightly higher. I took that as a warning sign. It made me pay attention to possible health risks that may start in the very near future.
Since my last checkup, I have lost 11.1 lbs. and my BMI (body mass index) went down to 22.5 which is considered normal weight.
According to the UK site NHS choices– while body mass index (BMI) is a good way to tell if we are on a healthy weight, BMI doesn’t tell the whole story. Our health greater risk depends on where we store the spare body fat — when it’s under the skin and also around the vital organs in our abdomen, this cause for concern because it means more health problems.
According to an article I have read, concerning the size of our waist, said that 90% of those whose waists were 35 inches or more had at least one major risk factor for heart diseases, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Plus, a large waist is a risk factor for diabetes, another heart threat. The article continued to say that waist size forecasts heart health better than our weight or body mass index. It’s an indicator of dangerous fat deep in our abdomen, even if we are not overweight. Losing just an inch can improve all of our heart health numbers.
From NHS choices — in regards to measuring our waist, this is their advice:
To find your true waist, feel for your hip bone on one side.
Move upwards until you can feel the bones of your bottom rib. Halfway between is your waist. For most people this is where their tummy button is.
Use a mirror the first time to see what you’re doing and to make it easier to measure.
From WebMD website: Your waist size is a clue to whether you’re at high risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease.To measure your waist circumference, use a tape measure. Start at the top of your hip bone, then bring the tape measure all the way around, level with your belly button. (your abdomen is where your belly button is) Make sure it’s not too tight and that it’s straight. Don’t hold your breath while measuring.
Of course, another sure way to know where you stand with your blood sugar/glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol is to have blood test taken every six months.
My blood pressure has gone down to a much better level, thanks to a diet of plant-based foods (veggies and fruits), nuts, good fat intake, whole grain and fish with less red meat intake and less chicken and few seafood. Eight glasses of water has helped lower my blood pressure and so does a great sleep schedule. I exercise moderately and I always tend my garden. I try to always move around the house and do housework and cooking and preparing our daily meals; and not to stay put or sit for a long period of time, if it’s not necessary. And my cholesterol level is now okay with my doctor. I only take one medication and it’s for my blood pressure and I intend to not have more than one medication if I can help it. I went further into buying a blood pressure monitor and I check my blood pressure every morning. This morning my blood pressure reading was 118/64 with a heart rate of 54.
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that nearly 1 in 3 Americans suffers from high blood pressure and more than half don’t have it under control, and don’t even know they have it. According to the report, most people with uncontrolled high blood pressure have health insurance and had actually seen a doctor at least twice in the previous year, yet their condition remained unmanaged.
I think it’s because they see their doctors for an emergency or they are running a fever or cold that won’t go away. Most of the time when they are told that their blood pressure is high, the doctor or the nurse or medical assistant would assume that it’s because they are not feeling well. In turn the patients don’t follow up because of being busy from their work, family and personal life.
And if their eating habits are not up to par, and they eat all kinds of junk foods and processed foods, they are headed to all kinds of health problems.
I was one of those people, although I had read books about health most of my life, I did not connect the dots until I was told that my blood pressure was elevated.
I am now a firm believer of this phrase from Hippocrates: Let your food be your medicine, your medicine be your food.