Finally got around to getting an annual physical this morning. Two indicators so far,
with more expected in five days. They came in early, so here’s Part 2.
1. HbA1C – glycated hemoglobin – was 4.8 on a scale of 4.8 to 5.6%. That’s down from 5.1 in June 2020. HbA1C shows a two-month average blood glucose level.
I’ve eaten advanced glycation end product (AGE)-less chicken vegetable soup almost every day since July 2019. Upcoming instantaneous blood glucose measurements may be informative, but it seems that with what I’m doing, there’s little impetus to glycate that glucose. Which satisfies my intention to avoid glycative stress.
2. BMI for a normal weight is 18.5-24.9 kg/m2. Measurements over the past two years:
- June 2019 24.8, 0.1 below range high;
- June 2020 22.4, 2.5 below range high and 3.9 above low; and
- June 2021 21.0, 3.9 below range high and 2.5 above low.
Annual BMI trend is going in the right direction, but it’s too squishy to be a biomarker. I usually don’t curate studies that rely on BMI.
I eat a lot of food every day! Not going to turn my kitchen into a laboratory to quantify, though. See Switch on your Nrf2 signaling pathway for what intake was on 1/1/2021.
Once or twice a week lately I’ve backed off and skipped one of a daily two (fresh and leftovers) AGE-less chicken vegetable meals when it’s been too much food. Haven’t skipped:
- Twice-daily combined broccoli-red cabbage-mustard sprouts; or
- Twice-daily Avena sativa oat sprouts; or
- My Avena nuda whole oats breakfast.
Lost 11 lbs. over 12 months without trying to lose weight. Maximal food intake didn’t result in weight gain when much of its purpose was to:
- Reduce inflammation; and
- Make my gut microbiota happy.