Do you want to know what your real odds are of having a heart attack? How about a stroke? Diabetes?
Well, this may not sound like a positive saying but hang in there, it gets a lot better and more positive 🙂
I was having lunch the other day with my good friend Sherry Dang. She is a nutritionist and I have learned SO much about natural food preparation and what really causes various diseases from her.
Our conversation took a turn to heart attack and “doctor’s tests.” I think most of them are worthless, some are vital. It’s important to know the difference.
If you want to help make sure your future health and prevent heart attack, here are the 3 tests you absolutely must take.
Of course, I’ll let you decide after you finish reading of this post.
1. Measure Your Waistline
Use a tape measure and do not pull it tight, measure right below the naval, write down that number in inches, and then measure your height out of shoes in inches, write that down too.
If your waist in inches is more than twice your height you are FOUR TIMES more likely to have heart disease.
Four times. That’s more predictive than cholesterol tests by far. And a lot less expensive to boot.
Don’t just read about this test – DO IT. This is one reason that is totally within your control.
2. Know your SED rate
This is an inflammatory marker in the blood.
3. Know your hsCRP and LP(a) Levels
Usually, both of these can be done as one test, both are inflammatory markers as well as key indicators of heart health.
Go to your doctor and ask for these three blood tests. Usually, they can be done all at once. Sometimes they are separate, but they are all crucial for your health.
If you are thin and look healthy, listen to this: You too can be Lance Armstrong or Jim Fixx and you just do not know it.
Lance and Jim looked like two of the healthiest men on the planet.
Lance beat testicular cancer but came within an inch of his life. Jim died after a short jog of a heart attack very young in life.
Looks can be deceiving.
You see, it’s virtually impossible to have a normal SED rate, a normal hsCRP level and a normal LP(a) level and be at imminent risk for any of these killer diseases.
Possible, perhaps – but almost not.
So, if you look healthy and feel like a bazillion bucks, you still need to know your levels of these inflammatory markers.
If you are overweight or obese, you totally absolutely MUST do the waist/height test as well as the others.
It goes both ways.
Some obese folks test out okay at the doctor’s office – their cholesterol, blood pressure, and all typical readings are okay. But many of them rarely run an hsCRP or LP(a), and rarely do they run an SED rate.
Did you see the importance here?
Both the fit and the unfit can be at dire risk and not even know it.
What are the Solutions?
Start a low-inflammatory nutrition and training plan, along with plenty of stress-free and distressing activities, such as spend 30 minutes a day doing yoga, walking, meditating, praying, or whatever can calm your MIND and BODY down.
Back to Lance and Jim, both of them were doing insane amounts of exercise, so much that they demanded insane amounts of high inflammatory foods. Foods like processed carbohydrates, such as.
And they both got sick. One of them died.
My another good friend Dr. Steven Chase believes that 85% of cancer is preventable. Re-read that: 85%. And he’s an oncologist – a cancer doctor.
On the other hand, you know heart disease is 95% preventable, do you?
But these killers, especially diabetes, demand a low-insulin, low-inflammatory nutrition and exercise plan.
Lance and Jim had sky-high inflammatory levels from all that exercise. It was literally TOO much exercise. That’s why so many marathoners die of heart attacks. They eat inflammatory foods and engage in high-stress exercise for too long of a time.
So, what’s the answer?
1. Short workouts that are intense, effective, and enjoyable. Weights and cardio both, or in-home resistance workouts will work fine.
2. Longer “soft” workouts like brisk walking that helps distress the body and burn more body fat.
3. Eat healthily! A nutrition plan that allows for your favorite foods at the RIGHT TIME of the day but also helps you burn body fat without activating your body’s stress-producing hormones like cortisol.
Most nutrition plans are stressful (a big mistake). Do you know? Stress can cause you to hold on to body fat, plus stress causes inflammation.
Most workout plans are either too easy or too intense for too long a period.
I find this system is ideal if you are willing to “diet” for a day or two, then enjoy a day of eating “normal” foods.
It is a super-short process and enough to build all the muscle you need plus burn body fat when combined with the nutrition plan – eat these foods at certain times to BURN MORE BODY FAT!