“As a former services member and a regular competitor in the Invictus Games, my health is so important. I need to know how my body is performing, reacting to my training, and coping with life in general, to know how to best take care of it and to adapt my exercise regime if necessary.
“I also have a mental illness, and suffer from stress and post-traumatic stress disorder, so I have regular blood tests to track my progress with that. I therefore appreciate the importance of a health check and the fantastic insight it can give.
“So when I started to feel a bit sluggish and tired earlier this year, I approached Randox Health to find out what was going on. I had just competed in the 2017 Invictus Games in Canada, and I had hit all my personal bests in my powerlifting categories. I wanted to maintain my good performance and make sure there wasn’t anything going on underneath the surface of which I wasn’t aware, so I knew a full body MOT was the way to go.
“From my Randox Health results I was told that my cholesterol levels were through the roof, and that I have very high levels of visceral fat, which is a ‘deep’ fat which is stored underneath the skin and wraps around major organs, including the liver, pancreas and kidneys. It’s particularly dangerous because it can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but It’s invisible to the naked eye.
“Somebody who actually appears very slim can have high levels of internal visceral fat which can’t be seen. I’m a solid build – a bit of a chunky monkey you might say! – so it was great to find out what’s on the inside, to have a comprehensive breakdown of how I’m made up and to have the opportunity to reduce my visceral fat and therefore my risk of future health problems.
“I also found out that I have irregular levels of the hunger-suppressing hormone leptin. It has been thrown out of whack by a consistently high intake of food, which causes the body to become resistant to leptin. Basically, the fat within my body is secreting lots of leptin to tell my brain to stop eating, but my brain does not receive this message!
“I’m now on a course of statins to manage my cholesterol, but have also launched into a healthier lifestyle and a better diet. I’m aiming to reduce my calorie intake so that my leptin returns to optimum level, to reduce my visceral fat levels, and to get on top of my exercise and nutrition so that I can lower my cholesterol and remove the need to take the statins, which I have to take every night.
“I’m so glad that I now have this wealth of information about my body at my disposal. Knowing that I need to improve my diet is one thing, but having all the different pieces of the jigsaw together – my visceral fat, my leptin, my cholesterol – gives me plenty of things to work on.
“I’m looking forward to my follow-up tests in a few months’ time to see just how much difference these lifestyle changes have made.”
Scotty had an Everyman health check. This advanced set of tests delivers 150 results, more than any other programme available on the market. This ‘MOT’ for the body looks at the health of your heart, kidneys, metabolic syndrome, fertility and more. To book your Randox Health Check, click here.