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Health Screening 101 (Part 3 of 3)

Health Screening 101 (Part 3 of 3)

This is article 3 of the 3 part series of Health Screening 101.  The first two articles in the series of Health Screening 101 are the following:

Health Screening 101 – Part 1:  Introduction to Blood Tests /​ Insulin Resistance /​ Cholesterol Education

Health Screening 101 – part 2:  Courses of Action to Follow:  Diet, Exercise, Medications Recommended

In this article, we will discuss the changes in his Health Screening Test after four months of following a Low Carb /​ Paleo diet, an exercise program, and a statin drug.

Health Screening 101 (Part 2 of 3)

Health Screening 101 (Part 2 of 3)

Previous Article in the Series:  Health Screening 101: Blood Testing (Part 1)

In this article, we will discuss the recommended courses of action to obtain healthy screening numbers posed to us by an officer with recent blood screening questions.   The goal of the recommendations below is to turn the subject’s next blood test into fewer RED LIGHTS and eventually ALL GREEN LIGHTS.

Exercise, Diet, & Medication Recommendations

An exercise program should help you burn the glucose from your body as well as reduce your fat stores.  To effectively do both, it is recommended that you start off your workout with resistance training (weight training or calisthenics) for 20–30 minutes to burn your blood sugar (glucose) and glycogen first.  The higher your heart rate the more sugar you are using for energy.  This is anaerobic training which requires your body to burn glycogen in order produce energy for the challenging demands of this high intensity exercise.   Follow your anaerobic training with an easy paced, “fat burning”, aerobic training program like walking, jogging, biking, swimming at a pace that you can still hold a conversation but just barely.   See below for a sample full body workout with cardio program:

Health Screening 101 (Part 1 of 3)

Health Screening 101 (part 1 of 3 series)

Health Screening 101: Blood Testing (Part 1)

Without a better understanding of Health Screening Tests, looking at blood screening paperwork can be both overwhelming as well as invoke attitudes of apathy for borderline healthy /​ unhealthy numbers. Here is an email from an officer who is 33 years old who admits he needs to lose a few pounds, but is concerned with his recent blood work numbers:

Stew, I know you are not a doctor, but can you give me your opinion on these numbers? The left column is my most recent numbers from last week (Nov 2012) and the numbers on the right are the ranges I should be in to be considered healthy. I know I need to eat better, exercise, and get more sleep, but where do I start? Should I be overly-​​concerned and start taking medication to deal with this?

Wow, great question. I too get overwhelmed when I look at all the different blood test elements and ranges when some are good, bad, or borderline. And, yes, I am not a doctor, but I know several and have interviewed them to help me write this response to your questions. But to help demonstrate where you need to focus, we are going to use the TRAFFIC LIGHT System created by Specialty Health in Reno NV, to help drive home the importance and understanding of these scores as everyone thoroughly understands the standard traffic light:

Love Your Liver

Liver & Onions

Growing up, I could always tell when my dad was going to be out of town because my mom would make us beef liver and onions for dinner.  My dad hated liver likely because his mother made him eat it on a regular basis because her mother made her eat it — Why? because its good for you,  that’s why!  For whatever reason, it was actually one of my favorite meals.  I know, I was an odd child.  While liver may not be on your menu tonight, perhaps learning more about your liver can lead to other foods you can love that will love your liver back!

Combating the Couch Potato

Football Season

I used to think that there were four seasons in a year: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.  Then I moved to Maine and found out there are actually only three: Winter, Mud and Construction!  Okay, so I may be exaggerating a bit.  Actually, autumn in Maine is pretty awesome and it is my favorite time of year.  Clear blue skies, a crisp chill in the air and vibrant color everywhere as we all live to leaf peep.  For some of you, though, autumn ushers in the most important season of all: Football!  From here through February, if your four food groups become football, the remote control, potato chips and the couch we need to talk, at least during half-​​time.

Fiber Fanatic

Coconut

Did you ever see the movie Cast Away? Tom Hanks played a FedEx exec stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash.  It’s one of my favorite movies as it speaks to survival at its most basic elements:  water, food, & shelter.  It also tackles the emotional elements of survival: overcoming fear and finding companionship.  After four long years, a plastic port-​​a-​​potty wall washes up on shore and despair turns to hope as our castaway envisions crafting a raft to sail himself off the island.  He calculates the lengths of rope needed for strapping, exclaiming “We’re going to be short.  We’re gonna need more rope.”

So Whatʼs with the Magic Beans?

Soy Beans

Did you ever read Jack and the Beanstalk as a kid? Remember when he traded his cow for a handful of “magic beans?” We all may recall the message of courage and bravery as Jack climbs the beanstalk, finds golden treasures, defeats the giant and becomes the town hero living happily ever after. I like to think that Jack was really onto something trading cowʼs milk for something much richer in protein and nutrients in those magic beans. Am I stretching the fable a bit? Maybe so, but indulge me if you will in a little creative interpretation!