Taking care of your health involves some effort. Many different factors influence our health, but each of us as individuals can take steps to greatly impact the level of our own health and wellness. One of the most important things you can do is learn “your numbers” to safeguard your health. So what health numbers should you know?
Height and Weight – These measures have been tracked since the day we were born.
Body Mass Index – This is a number that is calculated from your height and weight and may be an indicator of body fat. It does not measure fat directly, but is used as a way of assessing overweight and obesity.
Blood Pressure –Your blood pressure consists of two numbers with the top number being the systolic pressure and the bottom number being the diastolic. Each time you have your blood pressure taken, ask for your numbers.
LDLCholesterol – Since cholesterol cannot dissolve in the blood; it has to be transported to and from the cells by lipoproteins. Low density lipoprotein or LDL is known as the “bad guy”. To much in the blood stream builds up on the inner walls of the arteries.
HDL Cholesterol or the high density lipoprotein is considered the” good guy” because high levels of this seems to protect against heart problems and is thought to carry cholesterol away from the arteries back to the liver where it is then passed from the body.
It’s Time to Take Charge Of Your Health. Control your weight, be more physically active, don’t use tobacco products, eat healthy foods and know your numbers.