Thursday, May 27, 2010


Read that the Heart Foundation is working with the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct a comprehensive national health survey that includes biomedical data such as actual height, weight, blood pressure, blood cholesterol and glucose levels.

Another vapid of vapids. Same old same old. Ho hum, ho hum.

This is the sort of data every doctor should be supplying to a national repository as a matter of course.

I wrote to the PR woman at the Heart Foundation for a list of the tests. She gave me the brush off and told me to contact the Bureau of Statistics.

However, I'll bet you my last razoo they won't be measuring how aerobically fit people are, despite a low level of aerobic fitness being the principal driver of metabolic dysfunction.

They won't measure strength and flexibility either.

These people don't want to get their hands dirty.

They won't measure levels of homocysteine or C-reactive protein, markers of metabolic dysfunction more appropriately targeted than cholesterol.

Whilst I notice they're measuring weight, I'll also bet they don't measure percent body fat. They'll go for body mass index.

This is just more academic busy work designed to give someone a PhD.

On the track
A good session out early with the boys.

In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and wait for someone from the Bureau of Statistics to come round to your house and run the ruler over you.

John Miller

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