Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Also called glucose level, this measure accounts for the amount of sugar in your blood. This area made me a little nervous (and not just because of the blood draw!), as I eat more candy than I think most people do. Admittedly, my love for sweets is a little much nearly every day.
My Result: 72
I had eaten about 2 hours before my test, so this is a non-fasting number. I was a bit surprised at the fact that my result was fine, even compared to the fasting number. While this doesn't give me a license to dig into more candy (my dentist would also disagree), my paranoia about acquiring diabetes has been tamed a bit.
This number represents the pressure on your artery walls, created by the pumping heart as well as the condition of your arteries. I do sometimes do measures of this at drug store pharmacies or just for fun wherever they have a machine, and it DOES vary. Though I must say that the person who measured it on me made it squeezed VERY hard!
Salt, stress, and other factors can raise your blood pressue, though I hear endurance sports helps keep it down. I definitely have my share of the two S-words I stated, but I'm hanging in there. :)
My Result: 102/66
Body fat composition is a number that states how much of your body is composed by fat, versus muscles and other bodily junk. ;) My sister had this body fat scale that I used to jump on whenever I came to visit her. Though it was set for her height, I was close enough in stature to take the results wholesale and was always unsettled by what I saw. I generally knew that women have about 20% body fat, and I was above (sometimes quite a bit above) that.
After entering my height and weight into a little machine that looked like a steering wheel, the nurse told me to extend my arms and grip the electrodes. The machine supposedly sent a current through me and returned my body fat percentage.
My Result: 18.8%
I guess all my running has paid off??? I'm thinking the real number is closer to the 20% even though they told me during my consultation that these numbers were assuredly accurate. I think my weight is off due to me recovering from a cold, so I'm sure that threw it off. I don't consider myself all that lean (especially due to my eating habits), and although I have some obvious muscles, I don't think I'm "under fat" as this chart indicates. :/