Track­ing your health mea­sure­ments

BMI, BLOOD PRES­SURE READ­INGS, GLU­COSE LEV­ELS…. THERE ARE A LOT OF MEA­SURE­MENTS TO KEEP TRACK OF WHEN IT COMES TO OUR HEALTH – AND MANY OF US AREN’T SURE WHERE WE STAND. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN FIND OUT

Good Health (Australia) - - Contents -

‘The ma­jor­ity of women don’t know their choles­terol and blood glu­cose mea­sures’

As women we of­ten put our own health needs at the bot­tom of the pile, pri­ori­tis­ing our fam­ily mem­bers first. But it is some­thing we need to fo­cus on be­cause re­search has shown that we’re not nearly as healthy as we should be. The Na­tional Women’s Health Re­port, con­ducted by Price­line, re­vealed that 82 per cent of women re­port low fruit and veg­etable in­take; 51 per cent of women re­port a BMI of 25 or above (over­weight, obese or ex­treme obe­sity); and 33 per cent of women re­port fre­quent anx­i­ety. It also showed that the ma­jor­ity of women do not know their choles­terol and blood glu­cose mea­sures.

But how do we find out these facts and get on top of our health be­tween jug­gling full-time work, fam­ily com­mit­ments and try­ing to fit ex­er­cise into the daily rou­tine? Once all that is said and done, there isn’t al­ways a lot of time left to visit your GP for reg­u­lar check ups and tests.

MAK­ING IT EASY

To make things a lit­tle eas­ier, from April 13-May 8 you can pop into Price­lines across the coun­try for a free 15-minute health check. The check is done with your phar­ma­cist and cov­ers a wide range of health fac­tors, in­clud­ing anaemia screen­ing, a choles­terol test and blood pres­sure, plus life­style dis­cus­sions in­clud­ing weight man­age­ment. You’ll also learn how to check for lumps in your breasts using a mock breast with hard-to-find lumps. It’s usu­ally $19.95, but the checks are free dur­ing the cam­paign pe­riod and guar­an­teed to be quick, around 10 min­utes. You can also make an ap­point­ment on­line in ad­vance.

If you’re wor­ried about get­ting this done in the store, rest as­sured all of the tests are con­ducted in a pri­vate area or con­sult room so there’s no need to feel self-con­scious.

NEXT LEVEL

On top of all this the chemist chain is also rolling out ex­clu­sive dig­i­tal health sta­tions into se­lected stores. These self-ser­vice kiosks pro­vide an im­me­di­ate health as­sess­ment – the sta­tions take only three to four min­utes – and are al­ways free to use. There’s al­most 200 in-store dig­i­tal health sta­tion ma­chines across the coun­try as­sess­ing five key health fac­tors: BMI, blood pres­sure, heart rate, body fat per­cent­age, and risk for type 2 di­a­betes. Af­ter using the health sta­tion, re­sults are sum­marised in an email so you can man­age and track your own health over time.

How­ever busy you might be, it’s para­mount to pri­ori­tise your health with sim­ple tests you can book in amongst the week­day chaos and with phar­ma­cists who can then of­fer you help­ful ad­vice. From a va­ri­ety of health checks to gauge your over­all health to ev­ery­day life­style ad­vice, it’s easy to get your health back on track and be your best self.

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