“If I’m not overweight, do I need to become concerned about obesity and other health issues?” asks this week’s House Call. “Even though I drink soda and eat whatever I want, I don’t gain weight. Should I be worried?” The short answer is yes.
How Do You Know if You’re Skinny Fat?
Signs of skinny fat syndrome include family history of type 2 diabetes, early onset of heart disease, or even having a little potbelly.
But signs can also be subtler, and I would rather you test than guess. That is why I strongly recommend blood tests to reveal skinny fat syndrome. Ask your doctor to do these tests (ideal ranges are in parenthesis):
- Fasting blood sugar or glucose (normal less than 90 mg/dl)
- Triglycerides (normal less than 100 mg/dl)
- HDL – the good cholesterol (normal greater than 60 mg/dl)
- Blood pressure (normal less than 120/80, ideal less than 115/75)
You might also ask your doctor for these two tests that help detect diabesity and other problems before they become problems: