Last week I was asked by Tots100 if I would like to find out how healthy I was by completing a MyHealth test with the help of patient.co.uk Having had my fourth child 11 months ago and also suffering from asthma since I was a child, I was intrigued to find out what the Myhealth questionnaire would tell me.
When I first loaded the website I thought it was very professional, with clear easy to follow instructions. There is a lot of information available on conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and many more. There is a section about medicines where you can type in a medicine and you will be given information about that medication and its uses. There are also discussion forums available. Having spent some time looking around the website I went to start the myhealth test. In order to complete the Myhealth test you need to register with the site but this is a really quick process and takes a few minutes. Having registered you are then able to proceed with the test.
You are placed in a queue of 100 imaginary people and by completing the steps in the test you are able to determine where in the queue you are. The higher up the queue the higher the risk you have of experiencing cardiovascular disease in the future. You do need to provide honest answers to obtain an accurate result and will need to know some of your measurements such as your waist, height and weight.
Here are my results:
I was placed at 56 in the queue "This is a medium risk score. You could, however, move down the queue by at least 4 places to sit within the healthy range"
I was quite happy with that score but know improvements can be made. Having obtained your score you are then able to continue to see your lifestyle factors. Here's mine below:
The lifestyle factors are broken down into eight factors and each is shown with a different colour. Using a bar graph to show your level of risk. You can click on each area to see what you can improve on and by doing so lower your risk.
I am aware that I need to tone up especially my tummy area but after four c-sections I didn't really expect anything else. I also know I could make improvements to my diet and the amount of exercise I undertake. Having seen your lifestyle factors you are then able to set yourself some personal goals. Once you have done this you are able to monitor your achievements.
Undertaking the myhealth test has given me a nudge to start making the changes I need not just for my own health but for the whole families health. As a family we have been talking alot recently about trying to be more active, we've failed so far this year due to the weather but we are going to make a concerted effort to do so, wish us luck.
So why not pop over to patient.co.uk and take the test yourself