How Much Do You Keep Track of Your Health Stats? (Plus, Kat’s Weird Health Chart!)

how much do you keep track of your health stats

My brother emailed me recently to tell me about a high triglyceride reading (because, he explained, “we share genetics and all,”) and I quickly reviewed all of my triglyceride levels since 2000, based on a chart I started keeping several years ago, as I mentioned in my post on how much I’m kind of obsessed with lists. Then I realized I’d never really shared my health chart and thought, hey, maybe the readers would like to have their own health chart… or maybe they have a better way of tracking health stats — so let’s discuss. Here are the Qs: How much do you keep track of health stats, like all those numbers you get from doctor’s visits (cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, etc)? What level of trust do you have in your doctors to tell you when things are wrong? If you’ve got a big role in someone’s medical care where they have Issues (whether it be yourself, an aging parent or a kiddo) how do you keep track of everything?

I should note that my trust in the medical establishment is severely eroded after I had a pretty horrible patient/customer experience with my first son’s birth — we both came out of it ok but a) I didn’t see my carefully-vetted OB/GYN for the entire time I was in the hospital (despite the fact that her office was across the street and she was even in the hospital for rounds during at least one of the days), b) not being “attached” to a doctor meant that we kind of got totally forgotten about at the hospital, which stunk for reasons I went into more when telling J’s birth story. (I’m really grateful that medically we were both OK, but the whole experience left me really angry with my former doctor, who I haven’t spoken to since the phone call where she told me to head to the hospital.) But my jaded lesson after all that is that I want to be able to assess my own medical issues without expecting/hoping a doctor to go above and beyond and catch something that isn’t obvious. (Ditto for my kids and our aging parents when the time comes for my husband, brother or myself to be more involved in their care.) It isn’t that I don’t trust that they’re competent professionals — but I tend to believe that they’re not your buddy, they’re not “looking out for you” and if you don’t ask them about something or push to be taken seriously the issue might not be found. (Of course there’s a ton of additional reading to be done out there about how doctors don’t listen to women and downplay their health concerns — see these articles in The New York Times and The Atlantic to get you started.) (Just to be tooootally clear here, I am not suggesting that this health chart is any kind of substitute for medical care — I’m just saying I use this chart to track the data I get from the doctor and raise questions if I see disturbing trends over time.) 

Kat's weird health chart to track health stats

Anyway: this is my weird little Excel health chart (you can click the screencapture above to see the chart bigger, or download the Excel doc here if you’d like it for yourself; obviously I’ve removed my own medical data).  The rows are the years, the columns are the various stats I’m tracking; there are comments in each column header for what the stats “should be,” again based on that Real Simple article.  I basically add one line each year and put whatever numbers I get into that row on the chart. The columns are health stats I’m tracking based on an old Real Simple article — I don’t get all of the numbers every year but it is interesting to see how things have changed as I’ve gotten older. I tend to be pretty healthy so personally I just jot a few things down in the Notes column, like if I took any prescription drugs for a limited time (like antiobiotics after strep), if I had any major issues (like tearing my ACL/reconstructing it a few years ago) or if I see something as “the beginning of an issue” (like seeing an orthopedic surgeon last year for what I worried was carpal tunnel and finding out NOPE, it’s just arthritis in my thumb, and getting my first cortisone shot… yay…). 

How about you guys — do you keep track of any of your own health data like blood pressure, triglycerides, etc? (Anyone have any fun apps?) What other little things do you do to educate and empower yourself as a patient? 

Further Reading:

  • Numbers to Live By [Real Simple]
  • 13 Health Stats Every 20-Something Should Know [Greatist]
  • How to Track Everything In Your Life Without Going Crazy [Lifehacker]
  • 9 Health Statistics That Actually Matter – And When You Should Check Them [Men’s Journal]

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Is a weird ‘bot’ draining your phone’s battery? Here’s how to find out

'Drainer Bot' may be draining your phone battery: Here's how to stop it

If you’ve noticed that your smartphone’s battery seems like it’s draining faster than normal, it may not be your imagination.

A stealth program dubbed “DrainerBot” may be the culprit.

DrainerBot is a piece of software that has been embedded in hundreds of apps in the Google Play Store. The program, which downloads hidden or invisible video ads, is linked to a major fraud campaign.

It could also be costing you big money in the form of high data overages. In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about DrainerBot and outline some steps to help you remove it.

DrainerBot: 3 things you need to know about the software that could be stealing your battery life

  • It appears to have been downloaded 10 million times
  • It can consume up to 10GBs of data per month
  • It appears to have only infected Android devices

The purpose of DrainerBot appears to be to artificially (and illegally) inflate video ad view numbers. It does that by downloading gigabytes of video ads into your smartphone.

Even though you can’t see the video ads, those views are counted. The scheme is literally costing advertisers and phone users a fortune, according to Oracle, which exposed the software in a news release.

“The DrainerBot code appears to have been distributed via an infected SDK [Software Development Kit] integrated into hundreds of popular consumer Android apps and games like ‘Perfect365,’ ‘VertexClub,’ ‘Draw Clash of Clans,’ ‘Touch ‘n’ Beat – Cinema,’ and ‘Solitaire: 4 Seasons (Full),” Oracle said in a statement.

Here are some signs that your Android device may be infected with DrainerBot

According to Oracle, here are some signs that your phone may have an app infected by DrainerBot:

  • Apps crash your phone more often and programs become sluggish
  • Your phone’s battery lasts only a short time and it’s hot to the touch
  • Your phone is using dramatically more data than it did before installing a particular app

Here are the 2 ways to stop DrainerBot on your phone

You may not know where to start when it comes to finding out which particular app may be infected with DrainerBot. So here’s what you should do:

Go to Settings > Data Usage > App Data Usage and see if any apps are using an incredibly high amount of data. If so, they may be infected with DrainerBot. Once you’ve identified the data-draining app you can:

1. Delete the app in question


2. Open your settings and restrict the app’s permissions

A. Go to Settings, then click on Apps.

'DrainerBot' may be killing your phone battery: Here's how to stop it

B. Scroll to the individual app you want to access.

'DrainerBot' may be killing your phone battery: Here's how to stop it

C. Click on the app and go to App Info. You should then see Permissions.

'DrainerBot' may be killing your phone battery: Here's how to stop it

D. From there, click on App Permissions and adjust it accordingly.

'DrainerBot' may be killing your phone battery: Here's how to stop it

If you find that your phone is still sluggish or your battery is still draining faster than normal, locate another app that may be taking up a large amount of your phone’s bandwidth and repeat step 1 or 2.

Use this opportunity to review your phone’s privacy and security settings. Make any adjustments so that you can have the security and privacy you need when using your phone.

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Jimmy Fallon made Steph Curry drop weird phrases into NBA All-Star interviews


Did Steph Curry’s interviews over the 2019 NBA All-Star weekend seem full of weird turns of phrase to you? It’s all Jimmy Fallon’s fault.

For a segment subbed “Drop It In,” The Tonight Show host had the basketball star slip strange words into his post-game chats, and Curry managed to weave them all in multiple times without breaking a sweat.

The phrases you’re looking for are “Energizer bunny,” “flipping pancakes” and “wham, bam, can of ham,” the latter of which we intend to weave into all conversations from now on. Read more…

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Lindsay Lohan urges mum to ditch ‘weird catfish’ boyfriend

OHMYGOSSIP — Lindsay Lohan has urged her mother to dump her “weird catfish” boyfriend.
The star’s 56-year-old mum Dina recently revealed on the US edition of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ that she is ready to marry a man she has spoken to “every day” for five years but never met or even seen on FaceTime.
Responding to a post on Instagram about the reality show’s finale this week, Lindsay wrote: “@dinalohan so proud of you mommy! But no more weird #catfish. Please.”
Her comment comes after her mum told housemates Kandi Burruss, Tamar Braxton, and Natalie Eva Marie that she is confident she will wed her “special someone”, who lives in San Francisco and takes care of his mother.
She said: “I can’t wait to tell you about this guy. I’ve been talking to him for five years. Like, every day. A lot. I feel like I know him.
“You know when you talk to someone on the phone, like you feel like you know them?
“It’s personal. He’s real. I swear, it’s crazy. But I’m going to marry him. It’s really, really true. I talk to his ma.”
And while Dina’s ‘CBB’ housemates Kandi, Tamar and Natalie are concerned she is being catfished – which sees someone create a fictional online persona to lure another person into a relationship – she insists her man just doesn’t have a phone suitable for video calling.
She added: “It’s real. Some guys don’t just use iPhones.”
The situation has even caught the eye of ‘Catfish’ host Nev Schulman, whose role on the show sees him help people who might be being tricked by potential lovers online.
He recently said: “YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME. Let’s do this!”
In September, Dina – who was married to Lindsay’s dad Michael Lohan from 1985 until 2007, when their divorce was settled – reportedly filed for bankruptcy and was said to be more than $ 1.5 million in debt, with more than $ 1 million owed to PennyMac Loan Services.

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Princess Eugenie’s weird wedding request that compared hubby to doomed literary character

Princess Eugenie may want to reread “The Great Gatsby.”

The British royal family member — or as we Americans know her, one of Queen Elizabeth’s other grandkids — had a strange request at her Windsor Castle wedding Friday.

Eugenie, cousin to Prince William and Prince Harry, had her big sister Princess…

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Weird Japanese islands you need to visit


Japan is a diverse country that has just about anything for just about anyone. For adventurers who seek tranquility on unreachable lands, far away from metropolitans and media, there are a number of islands that seem like a small piece of Eden to those who look for it. This article will focus on the best islands for animal lovers, history lovers, and art lovers, inspiring you to go look for more on your own.

For animal lovers – Aoshima and Tashirojima

More than 120 cats live on these islands, outnumbering humans, which is great because you get to keep as many as you want for about a day. There are no hotels, shops, or kiosks however, so your trip should be planned to make the most of your day with the cats only.

For animal lovers – Okunoshima

If you’ve done your research, you know that this island used to be a chemical warfare testing site. Rabbits were shipped there for experimentation, but when the experiments ended, they were left to dominate the land. They’re all yours to cuddle now.

For history lovers – Hashima

An abandoned island rich in history and the set of a fair number of films, Hashima was once home to coal mines. Roaming around the deserted, almost eerie buildings, you’ll get a great feel of the spooky side of Japan. Almost every travel blog recommends this island – you just can’t miss it. It was used as the set for a number of films and documentaries, and it’s really worth seeing for yourself why the world takes so much interest in this small island off the coast of Nagasaki. As fun as it is, there are a lot of safety precautions and rules. Only the physically able can get through, and certainly no one who screams at the sound of a crumbling piece of concrete should make the journey.

For history lovers – Tomogashima

Loaded with historic sites and buildings, this island is sure to give you that time-travel feel as you roam and wander aimlessly around the small, quiet island, gazing around you at the endless ancient structures. It’s only about an hour or two away from Wakayama, so be sure to spend at least a day there.

For art lovers – Naoshima

This is basically an open art gallery for those who create under the stars and clouds. You’ll find imaginative, unique, and daring works sitting there as naturally as if they were a part of the island all along. If you can recognize them, here’s a few artist that gave their contributions to Naoshima: Yayoi Kusama, Tadao Ando, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yasumasa Morimura, Andy Warhol, and Richard Long.

For art lovers – Teshima

Teshima is another island, similar to Naoshima, that hosts the work of famous and undiscovered artists, and makes for an unforgettable journey with its luxurious tours and coffee shops. Only you can decide whether it’s worth your time, but with all its beauty modestly collected in a gallery and two museums, it might very well be worth the trip.


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