- Abdominal obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen) [You want a measurement of >40 for men and >35 for women]
- Atherogenic dyslipidemia (blood fat disorders — high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol — that foster plaque buildups in artery walls) [You want an HDL (good cholesterol) of <40 for men and <50 for women; triglycerides should = 150 but the lower the better.]
- Elevated blood pressure [Optimal = <115/75]
- Insulin resistance or glucose intolerance (the body can’t properly use insulin or blood sugar) [Fasting serum glucose should = 100]
- Prothrombotic state (e.g., high fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitor–1 in the blood) [did not get info about the last two]
- Proinflammatory state (e.g., elevated C-reactive protein in the blood)
Now, I don't know what my numbers were before nine months ago, but I will be calling my doctor this week to find out because I'm almost certain that they are way different and further proof that my transformation is a lot more than external. My waist is 37 (I'm gonna measure tomorrow cause I know it's actually smaller without clothes and I'll also check what it was when I started....I know it wasn't in the thirties!); my HDL is 50; my glucose is 92 and I had already eaten; my triglycerides...are y'all ready for this?...59! Now, my blood pressure was actually pretty high....139/101 but we had just finished working out and my blood pressure is never high...that's always been something that has been in control.
But, I'm extremely pleased with what this shows about how I'm changing internally, where it really counts. Is your program helping you to change the internal you?
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