External Appearance is a Not an Indicator of Internal Health
According to a 2014 CDC report, 9% percent of the population has diabetes, and many do not even know it. For heart disease, it’s about the same, 11% and again, many don’t know it. Over a quarter of males over 65, have low testosterone and some suggest that one in four men over age of 30 have low testosterone. It is said that 10% of women have iron deficiency anemia or low thyroid function.
How you look on the outside may not be what’s going on inside. You can have a great looking body on the outside, and the inside is actually in shambles. Many bodybuilders fit this example.
Without measuring internal health markers, health and fitness professionals can’t be certain they are providing the best training and coaching programs. If a person is trying to lose body fat, imagine trying to implement a program without knowing if that person is insulin resistant or not.
We sense in the back of our minds that something is just not right inside, we feel tired, run down, something about it all is just not right. But taking action is oh so difficult given our societal pressures, unless we’re faced with the facts.
The point is that if we really want to change, we need to take action. Often we have the desire to take action, but without measuring the true internal markers of our health, no program in the world is going to work until those internal parameters are addressed. Imagine just painting a car on the outside and not paying attention to what is inside?
Likewise, when internal lab markers are out of range, regulating those markers can also become individual goals for a training, nutrition, and lifestyle program.
From my own experience with getting lab test results, I was alarmed at how high my triglycerides were rising, despite a pretty good diet and exercise. By changing my diet and through further testing, I was able to nearly cut in half my level of triglycerides. And on the outside, you would say I am in great shape!
Nowadays, laboratory testing is easy and affordable, especially when you consider the time that you would spend waiting in a doctor’s office. What are you waiting for?