3 Health Risk Assessment Tests You Must Take Today

by Jon Benson on June 10, 2009 · 1 comment

By Jon Benson


Want to know what your real odds are of having a heart attack? How about a stroke? Diabetes?


Okay, this isn’t sounding like a positive letter…but hang in there. It gets a lot better and more positive.


I was having lunch today with my CPA and good friend Sherry Strong, and our conversation took a turn to “doctor’s tests.” I think most of them are worthless. Some are vital. It’s important to know the difference.


I’m going to give you the three tests you absolutely must take if you want to help ensure your future health in a moment.


But first, let me give you Sherry’s argument to my third test. Yes, we nutritionists argue sometimes.  ; )


If you are thin and look healthy, listen to this: You too can be  Lance Armstrong or  Jim Fixx….and not know it.


Lance and Jim looked like two of the healthiest men on the planet. Lance beat testicular cancer but came within an inch of his life. Jim died after a short jog of a heart attack very young in life.


Looks can be deceiving. This is Sherry’s argument — and she’s totally correct. That’s why I give you THREE (well, actually four) TESTS.


I’ll let you decide. But statistically, the third test is far more accurate than any blood test…and get this: You can do it at home for free.


I’m going to go in reverse order, third test to last…


The third test is simply this: Measure your waistline. Use a tape measure and do not pull it tight. Measure right below the navel.


Write down that number in inches. Then measure your height out of shoes in inches. Write that down too.


If your waist in inches is more than twice your height you are FOUR TIMES more likely to have heart disease.


Four times. That’s more predictive than cholesterol tests by far…and a lot less expensive to boot. Don’t just read about this test — DO IT.


Test number two: Know your  SED rate. This is an inflammatory marker in the blood.


Test number one: Know your  hsCRP and  LP(a) levels. Both of these can be done as one test usually. Both are inflammatory markers as well as key indicators of heart health.


Go to your doctor and ask for these three blood tests. Usually they can be done all at once. Sometimes they are separate, but they are all crucial.


You see, it’s virtually impossible to have a normal SED rate, a normal hsCRP level and a normal LP(a) level and be at imminent risk for any of these killer diseases.


Possible, perhaps — but almost not.


So, if you look healthy and feel like a bazillion bucks, you still need to know your levels of these inflammatory markers.


If you are overweight or obese, you totally absolutely MUST do the waist/height test as well as the others.


About the Author:  Jon Benson is an internationally recognized transformation lifecoach, as well as an authority on fat-burning nutrition and superior physical fitness.  He is the creator and co-author of Fit Over 40 (the #2 selling fitness e-book in the world), and the author of Simply Eat (his publisher’s fastest selling book ever) and 7 Minute Muscle which details his trademarked Power Density Training System.


[Editor’s Comments:  According to Jon, because doctors rarely run an SED rate, hsCRP or LP(a), both the fit and unfit can be at dire risk and not even realize it. 


He offered the following 3-step solution to help improve your chances of scoring better on all the Health Risk Assessment tests:


  1. Follow a low-inflammatory nutrition plan.
    Most nutrition plans are stressful. Big mistake. Stress can cause you to hold on to bodyfat and also causes inflammation.  It’s better to follow a nutrition plan that allows for your favorite foods at the RIGHT TIME of the day but also helps you burn bodyfat without activating your body’s stress-producing hormones like cortisol.

    Here’s the best =>> The Every Other Day Diet

    Jon’s nutrition plan is ideal if you are willing to “diet” for a day or two, then enjoy a day of eating “normal” foods. 

  2. Consistently exercise using a low-inflammatory training program.
    Focus on short workouts that are intense, effective, and enjoyable. Weights and cardio both, or in-home resistance workouts will work fine.

    Jon’s recommendation =>> 7 Minute Muscle

    Most workout plans are either too easy or too intense for too long a period of time. Jon’s system is super-short (7-14 minutes a day, plus walks when you can.) This is enough to build all the muscle you need plus burn bodyfat when combined with the nutrition plan.

  3. De-stress your life.  Spend 30 minutes a day doing yoga, walking, meditating, praying, or whatever calms your MIND and BODY down. 

Jon recently created a “combo” plan containing his three best Upgrade Kits at an incredible discount. These Kits come with both of his books, a full year of support from Jon on the Every Other Day Diet group Forum, and so many bonuses I can’t list them all.


It really is the ultimate System for lowering bodyfat, increasing lean muscle, lowering insulin, reducing inflammation, and ensuring your health. Check them out at the link below:


Helps you pass the tests =>> 7 Minute Muscle Upgrade Kits]


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1 Michele June 10, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Wow, thanks for the great advice. How crazy about measuring your waist and height. I had no idea about these tests. I am going to have my boyfriend look into these, he has heart disease in his family too.

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