The One Score You Can't Afford to Fail
How do you rate your own health? If I ask you this question, you will most likely base it on how you feel, or how you look. Right now I want you to rate your health on a scale of 1-100. No seriously, do it. Would you give yourself an 80? Would you give yourself a 65? Maybe you would give yourself a 95? The question is: what do you use to determine how healthy you are and what score you give yourself?
When I sit down with a new patient for the first time, I show them the chart below that shows a continuum between 100% health/wellness and illness/disease. I ask them “where would you put yourself right now with your health on this chart?”. Most people put themselves in the middle, “The comfort zone”. To be honest, I don’t care where there are. I care where they’re headed. Most people are traveling in the wrong direction (towards the left side of the chart) and they’re breaking the speed limit moving in that direction. Did you ever see those signs to keep you from going down a one-way street? They say “WRONG WAY”. That’s what I want to say to these people. You are headed the WRONG WAY with regards to your future.
How many people tell me “I don’t want to end up like my mom or dad” because their mom or dad is suffering. Yet, they are making choices that are moving them in the very same direction. Whatever score you gave yourself on your health is subjective and I have found that most people rate themselves much higher than what is objectively true for them. In other words, their objective numbers don’t match their subjective reality.
In our office and many others, we use something called a Wellness Score. We actually use two wellness scores in our office. One with lab work and one without lab work. Sometimes I think it’s necessary to see a patient's lab work so I will run their wellness score with labs.
When we run a wellness score, we look at things like blood pressure, resting heart rate, waist circumference, body fat %, total body muscle mass in pounds, functional movement rating, posture score, cholesterol, blood sugar, inflammatory markers, vitamin D3 levels, and many others. I can look at anyone’s wellness score and like a crystal ball, tell you their future. Are they functioning well? Are they suffering right now or will they be in the future? Are they headed toward diabetes, a cardiovascular event, or any other chronic diseases? Numbers don’t lie, people do. To be honest, I don’t care as much about what people tell me about their health, I care about what I can see and measure.
I recently had a 6 weeks post-Covid who was left with some major symptoms that weren’t going away. She didn’t feel good and realized that her current state of health may have played a part in why she got Covid, why she got so sick, and why she still has lingering symptoms. After asking her some questions about her symptoms and her health history and lifestyle, we did some testing and ran her wellness score. She scored a 31 out of 100. Her blood pressure and resting heart rate were elevated. Her BMI (body mass index), body fat %, and waist circumference were in the red, she failed almost all of the functional movement tests and her posture number wasn’t good. She had multiple levels of arthritis and degeneration in her spine. On her blood work, she has high blood sugar and HbA1c, high triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, low vitamin D3, and increased inflammation. She was a mess and it was obvious to me why she got Covid in the first place, and why she got so sick and doesn’t feel well now. Your physiology will tell you exactly what’s going on. I tell my patients “better the enemy that you know than the enemy that you don’t know”. Because the enemy you don’t know is going to sneak up on you and take you out!
The devil is in the details and it’s in the numbers when it comes to your health. The health of your body is like the health of your car, If you don’t “lift up the hood” and truly look inside at what is going on, you will overlook those critical details that will determine how long the engine will last before it ceases up. Nobody wakes up and says “today is the day I want to die of a heart attack” or “today is the day I’d like to be diagnosed with cancer” or "today is the day a want to get Covid". However, that is the reality for a lot of people today.
What does your future health and quality of life look like? I don’t know but I know it's all in your Wellness Score. You should contact our office and find out what it is because it's the one score you can't afford to fail.
Best in Health,
Dr. Dane Donohue is a Chiropractor in Newtown PA and has been serving his community for over 25 years. Wellness Solution Centers provides all the services you need for a healthy life.