Are you as healthy as you think you are?

Jessica Evans discovers that some common conditions can go unnoticed without blood tests

23 July 2017 - 00:10 By Jessica Evans

I have never been particularly sporty and have always loved food. It may not be the healthiest combination, but I never had a single sign that I was unhealthy. I never got sick. I was not significantly overweight, bar that awkward teen phase when everyone is a bit chubby or a bit scrawny. I had slightly low blood sugar but I was fine.
Until December last year, when I had blood tests and discovered I have insulin resistance (thanks Mom), low iron, a sluggish thyroid (thanks Mom), weak gastric acid, and low vitamin D. Suddenly I had to take five pills after lunch and one before bed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. That was OK but I also had to cut my carbohydrate and sugar intake and ... I had to exercise.
I had never set foot in a gym and suddenly my life was flipped on its head. No pasta. No doughnuts. Plain coffee. Exercise. I felt like I would no longer be Jessica. I would be the boring person who declines all the fun stuff because I am on some pretentious diet, albeit health related.

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