Now it can be told. Last July 26, I was fortunate to be considered as one of the participants in the C-Lium Fibre: Lose More Live More Journey! We were invited at the MEDICard Lifestyle Center at Buendia, Makati City.
I am used to going to medical check-ups for employment purposes and I have to admit I still get nervous whenever I am in a hospital, clinic or any medical center. Why? The last time a red flag came up in my check-up, I have to look for a hematologist because of low white blood count (click here). And every time I have my check-up, I always learn something new about myself–I learned that I am color blind (but no I don’t see the world in black and white, and yes, there’s actually Google to learn more about it) and I am temporarily deaf in my left ear.
So with all the results of my previous check-ups, I vowed to be active as possible because I wanted to live longer and enjoy with what I have. My family has a history of heart-related ailments and cancer so health has been one of our priorities and my Mom used to tell me how I was a ‘regular’ in the hospital when I was months old.
There I was smiling with the C-Lium team and other participants but I was actually nervous. There were a series of tests that day: Body Mass Index (BMI), Cholesterol Screening, Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS), Treadmill Stress Test and Body Circumference Measurements.
We were interviewed with care and confidence by the medical staff of MEDICard and the initial results are:
Turns out the Fasting Blood Sugar Test and Cholesterol came out normal.
A blood glucose test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood. Blood glucose levels that remain high over time can damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels. The Fasting blood sugar test is often the first test done to check for pre-diabetes or diabetes.
Cholesterol screening checks the levels of cholesterol in your blood. We need to monitor the cholesterol levels as it has been associated with hardening of the arteries, heart disease, and a raised risk of death from heart attacks. Thus, cholesterol testing is considered a routine part of preventive health care.
A person is said to have normal cholesterol levels provided the blood tests give the readings in the following range :
- High density lipoprotein(HDL) should be in the range between 29 and 72. The optimum range is between 45 and 85. This is good cholesterol that removes excess plaque deposits from the arteries. After collection, it directs it back to the liver for excretion. Therefore, a healthy person will always have high levels of HDL but within the normal range.
- On the other hand, LDL or bad cholesterol has the normal range of 60–130. But, it is recommended that the LDL count should not exceed 100, according to National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
- In addition, the VLDL should be in a very low range so that the person has normal cholesterol levels. The VLDL normal range is between 0–40 and the recommended optimum range is between 0–30.
- Furthermore, the doctor will ask you to maintain certain specific range within the normal range according to your medical history.
(Text courtesy of: http://www.thehearthealth.net/normal_cholesterol_levels.php)
Body Mass Index or BMI is a measure of your body composition so that you know if you have a healthy weight based on your height.
Regarding my nutrition and BMI here are the results:
Height: 5’3″ (yeah, I’m so tall! LOL)
Weight: 55 kg/121 lbs
Waist Circumference: 29 inches
Current Lifestyle: Light
Energy requirement: 1900 kcal
Exercise: 3 hours/week
Sleep: 7 hours straight
And yes, I came out normal (BMI: 18.5-22.9). I actually thought I am underweight because of my hyper activity. My fitness instructor friends used to stop me from doing a lot of group exercises (dance, kick boxing, spinning) and cardio (running) but I find myself squeezing a bit more during the weekends. They kept on reminding me I should gain weight, but I think I’m doing something right because my nutrition goal is to maintain my weight! With the sleep, I still have to observe that, sorry.
Last test was the Treadmill Stress Test.
I was briefed by the nurse that there are 7 levels. Each level will last for 3 minutes and a higher gradient/incline. It was my first time to do the stress test and my stress started when the nurse put things on my chest. I told him I am used to having something around my waist when I run (talking about hydration belt and race belt here) but there’s just a lot of contraptions going around and to add, their Stethoscope and a Sphygmomanometer (yep, that’s a mouthful!). I asked to stop by Level 5. The competitor in me wanted to finish the test because they said triathletes used to finish the test!
So after that I met with the other participants and the C-Lium team. My take away on this experience was I really a natural worrier when it comes to check-ups. My biggest worry is that I may look fit but I might be diabetic. I enjoyed sweets and I love cakes. My milk tea has always been with 100% sugar and my friends tease me I have to check with my pee if the ants would be around it in the morning (sorry TMI).
There: so far, so good BUT that should not give me the complacency not to monitor my health. So with an active lifestyle and C-Lium Fibre. C-lium can help you manage your weight, reduce bad cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels and promote a healthier digestive system.
So, are you ready to take the challenge of living more and losing more? Join us in our journey and log-in your experience (click here) and you might just win PhP10,000!
Photos by the author. A big thanks to our friends from Pascual, C-Lium Fibre and Medicard. Thanks to our nutritionist Diana Lodriguito and Nurse Maverick Quimio and to all the courteous medical people of MEDICard.