The doctor said I could stand to lose 10 lbs. because I'm weighing in a little high according to the Body Mass Index (BMI). At 5'11" and 190 lbs, my BMI is 26. This makes me overweight according to the scale:
- Underweight = <18.5>
- Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
- Overweight = 25-29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
You can calculate your own BMI here if you're curious.
I also learned that I have nearly high-blood pressure. This was a greater concern to the doctor because it's a "silent killer." Although high-blood pressure can be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, it is genetic, so even extremely healthy people can be affected it.
"Look, you can be a marathon runner, but if you don't monitor your blood pressure, you'll keel over at 50 anyway," said the doctor. "I wouldn't say you have that much to worry about now, but if you don't keep an eye on this, you could be that guy who unexpectedly has serious health issues at a young age." Nice.
Ways to lower blood pressure include:
- Following a healthy eating pattern
- Reducing salt and sodium in your diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Being physically active
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Quitting smoking
- Not being born into a family that has a history of high blood pressure
So, I'll be heading to the gym after work today, not to sculpt my body into a physique that makes women melt (I already tried that and it doesn't work -- damn myths), but to try to get this body to age 50. The doctor's tone was a bit, um, morbid, so I'll take this time to say it's been nice knowing you all, just in case.