Our health insurance company makes us get a basic blood panel every year. Ok. they don’t “make” us, but we get incentivized…money put into a spending account that can be used for health related expenses.
So I had made my appointment for my bloodwork- I was trying to get all this out of the way, so my scheduled slot was 1:10 pm. Which means, for an accurate reading, I need to have fasted for at least eight hours.
So I get to the test site, having fasted since maybe 8pm the night before, and the nurse does my workup. My blood pressure was so low she asked me three times what my normal blood pressure is. (for the record- my readings are to the low end of the normal scale). My blood sugar was also very low. (again- no diabetes or meds…just a blood sugar level that is normally in the low range of normal)
As I was gathering my paperwork to leave, the nurse said to me: “You should NEVER do one of those intermittent fasting diets, unless you are being strictly monitored. And maybe carry around a little snack with you if you ever feel lightheaded.”
So today’s PSA- don’t do any sort of diet which requires you to go without food for periods of time without talking to a health care provider. These diets, while fine for some, are not really good for everyone.
Also- know you basic numbers, so that you can be aware if anything seems “off”. By knowing my “normal” I was able to put the nurse at ease, even if she did want to go and get me a sugar cookie and a glass of ginger ale…
Knowing your blood pressure, your blood sugar…these are just forms of self care. There is nothing “indulgent” about this- it’s just common sense.