When your doctor interprets test results, she is looking to see whether they fall within set healthy ranges. Getting a little more familiar with the numbers can help you better understand your health and have more productive conversations with your doctor.
How Healthy Are You?
Our body composition—a specific breakdown of fat, lean muscle and bone—provides a better sense of our overall health than simply weighing ourselves. Knowing this number can give you insight into your disease risk and overall health because the more body fat you have, the higher your risk is for a variety of diseases.
Many of us assume that just because we don’t have a disease or an ailment that requires immediate attention, we are "healthy." This strategy prevents us from optimizing our physical and emotional health, which can set the stage for complications and the onset of chronic conditions down the road.