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Welcome to the Health Defence Blog - a blog about health, wellness and a healthier you. Brought to you by the Health Defence team at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, you'll find up-to-date information on a range of topics from what's in your food to the latest advice on e-cigarettes!
Health Defence Scotland
October 31, 2019
There are so many numbers that we collect that are connected to our health. Some of these we collect without thinking about it. For example what number do you read when you stand on the scales? Others you’ll be familiar with. When you go along to health appointments, questions like, “how many cigarettes a day do you smoke?”
Have you ever stopped to think or ask, what do all these numbers mean? Why, are they important to my health?
Health Defence Scotland is supporting us to live healthier lives. At our free health checks we measure your height, weight, waist, blood pressure, pulse rate and cholesterol.
We give you our health defence passport to keep and record all your numbers in. We have trained experts who can help explain what these numbers mean.
Our weight is often recorded in kilograms, rather than "old money" of stones and pounds. This is because kilograms is the metric measurement. Kilograms are used to calculate, for example drug dosages or body mass index. Body mass index is a measure of how tall you are, over how heavy you are.
Scientists have shown through research that if you are overweight for your height, a 5% weight loss over 3 to 4 months can reduce your risk of health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes.
If you are overweight, and there are now more overweight than healthy weight adults living in Scotland, could you calculate what a 5% weight loss would look like for you?
Losing weight can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, so why wait to lose weight?
Have you ever tried to lose weight but found it difficult? Lost a little and then regained it?
First of all, write down your reasons for wanting to lose weight and change your lifestyle. Sometimes thinking about it on a scale of 1 to 10 can help- it’s another number!
If you had to rank, with 1 being low and 10 being high, how important, is it to you at this moment in time to lose weight. If the answer is a low number, it may be that you are not ready right now to focus on losing weight. If the number is high, there are several first steps you can take.
This has hints and tips to keep you on track.
If you are worried about your weight, there are lots of people you can speak to. For example the Health Defence Team, your local pharmacist, Dietitian or other health professionals such as your Nurse or Doctor.
They can all provide support and advice on how you can manage the numbers on the scales.
Written by Joanna Teece. Registered Dietitian. Health Defence Lead.
***Disclaimer: always seek medical advice before starting a new diet, exercise regime or medication. The information in these articles is not a substitute for professional advice from a GP, registered dietitian or other health practitioner.