Saturday, August 1, 2015

A medical check-up in Tokyo yields interesting results for bone density and vascular flexibility

Lunch at a Michelin two-star
kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo on Friday,
living a #Travelife...

This week, in between taking visiting friends around Tokyo and meeting the local ones, living a #Travelife, I decided to do a medical check-up.

This wasn't really on the cards, but as fate would have it, this topic came up with a friend last weekend here in Tokyo, and she very kindly arranged everything for me for a VIP medical check-up at one of her clinics in a very central part of town.

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With a check-up being so easy -- hotel-type facilities and an entire clinic waiting just for me -- and the fact that I was relatively free for the day until dinner with friends, I just couldn't say no.

The clinic was beautiful, with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and a private lounge where many tests could be done in comfort.


I had my blood test taken while seated on a leather Stressless-type of chair reminiscent of First Class on a good airline, watching images from Africa and Antarctica streaming on a giant LCD screen.

The African images especially relaxed me and I began to think of reasons, excuses, companions and ways to plan another trip to Africa in the next six months.

And before I knew it, my blood test was over.

In Africa with some of our readers and friends last year,
living a #Travelife...


The clinchers of the day were some of the initial results -- and fingers crossed for the others.

I had a high-tech bone density test and the doctor almost fell of his seat as he read the results: "Your bone density is even better than that of an average 18-year-old," he said.

Fantastic. Little risk of osteoporosis for me, then. And I have no idea what I ate to make my numbers so good, but perhaps it's all this rooibos tea I've been drinking since my first trip to South Africa a lifetime ago.

Even my BMI is the lowest it's ever been.


The next result was less positive, however. Apparently my vascular flexibility is about five years older than my real age, which was certainly shocker.

The doctor asked: "What have you been eating lately?"

I thought about the entire week of pretty amazing lunches and dinners in Tokyo with friends since I arrived, living a #Travelife.


One of the amazing wines from a French dinner in Tokyo
last Tuesday, living a #Travelife

Seven nights in a row we'd had wagyu in every kind of incarnation, and as much of it as we could eat.

And when we weren't eating wagyu, we were enjoying very rich French food.

Looks like I'm going to have to hie myself off to a detox place when I get back home very soon, still living a #Travelife.

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