Monday, December 19, 2011

Health Check

No matter how many miles you run every week, how many types of sports you play, or how healthy the way you eat, a regular health check is a MUST. You cannot change many risk factors such as your genes, your family history, your age, your race, your lifestyle, etc. It is always good to catch the troublesome issues early.

Always check (What? How much is okay? When?):
  1. Blood pressure. Below 120/80 mmHg.  Start at 18, then every year.
  2. Cholesterol. LDL <100 mg/DL, HDL >60 mg/DL, total <200 mg/DL. Start at 20, then get doctor's advice.
  3. Thyroid-stimulating hormone. 0.5 < TSH Level < 5.0 mIU/L. Start at 35, then every 3 - 5 years.
  4. Iron (Serum Ferritin). >25 ng/mL. When you feel increase fatigue, muscle soreness, achy joints, etc.
  5. Blood sugar. <100 mg/dL. Start at 45, then every year. (Depending on family history)
I guess these are the basic one. Of course, we shall not neglect all those test results that does not meet the recommended parameter. See your doctor now to find out more.

Health is precious.

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