Six pack abs are the holy grail in the fitness world.  You have worked your butt off to get your six pack, killer abs!  But does that mean you are healthy?  Of course we have many ways to measure a person’s health.  Their outside appearance is just one of them.  But should we be measuring how healthy you are by basing it on your midsection.  Are your stunning six pack abs healthy?

It is quite possible for somebody with killer abs to have underlying health problems.  Just because you don’t have fat on your midsection are you automatically guaranteed to be healthy.

We commonly use weight to tell is a person is healthy or not.  But weight is  not totally reliable.  Doctors use body mass index or BMI to measure or judge a person’s size against weight.  BMI is a calculation of kilograms/meter squared.  A BMI of between 18 to 25 is deemed healthy. But someone who is very fit and muscular could have a BMI greater than 25.  This would classify them as overweight.  I have quite a few friends in that category.

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Also, BMI is a fairly useless indicator for people under 16. Instead of using the weight and height ratio, what should be factored in is the person’s age and potential for growth. An example would be if a child was gaining weight too quickly for their age or if they were not gaining enough weight.

Body shape can also be an indicator of good health.  Doctors are looking at waist measurements because they know that “apple-shape” people carry excess weight around their middle.  These people can be at risk of obesity-related conditions such as heart disease.  If your waistline is larger than 35 inches, you are at an increased risk of health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  Paying attention to your waistline helps you to avoid unhealthy eating and encourages you to increase mobility or exercise.

Other health indicators are the skin. Tan, freckles or moles that are odd shaped or growing probably mean an unhealthy skin.  Tanning or sun exposure can age the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. Use sunscreen and get a dermatologist opinion about spots and moles.

When brushing your teeth, check your spit. If there is blood, your gums may need attention. Bleeding gums indicate poor oral health and vitamin deficiencies. Gum disease may also be a sign of cardiovascular problems. Blood on the toothbrush or dental floss is one of the earliest and most common sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis is preventable and reversible. Gums need to undergo a thorough removal of plaque, improved daily oral hygiene practices, a good diet and nutritional supplements.

It is more than just bad breath. Gum problems can now be linked to heart disease, clogged arteries, stroke, premature birth, and diabetes.  People with gum disease and tooth decay are almost twice as likely to die of heart attacks and almost three times as likely to have a stroke.

Also, feel your lips. If your lips are dry and chapped, it could signal to you that you are dehydrated, which is an unhealthy state for your body to be in. Dehydration can cause headaches and fatigue, as well as drain the moisture from your skin making it look old and dry.

Also watch out for your fingernails. Healthy fingernails and toe nails are strong, colourless and smooth. If they are yellowing, brittle, have ridges, crumbling and having white spots, then these are obvious signs that your nails are not healthy.

Nail problems can indicate viral, fungal, bacterial or yeast infection. It may also show abnormal levels of oxygen in the blood, kidney disease, thyroid disease or psoriasis and malnutrition or a vitamin deficiency.

So are six pack abs healthy?  You do not have to rely on six pack abs, biceps or lats to say something about your health and other people’s health.  There are other telltale signs that you should never ignore.