5 Lifesaving Health Numbers You Need to Know

In a world full of useless numbers, there are five very important numbers everyone should track, and you should know the health significance of these numbers too. To decrease your threat for chronic diseases and live a healthier life  – these are the numbers you need to know:

 

Blood pressure

More than 70 million American adults have high blood pressure and a third of them don’t know they have it. High blood pressure can cause of a ton of medical issues.

  • Normal blood pressure is anything under 120/80mmHg.
  • If your blood pressure is at 140/90 or higher, then it’s too high.
  • If your blood pressure falls between 120/80 and 140/90, then you are high risk of developing hypertension.

Have your blood pressure checked today.

 

Body Mass Index (BMI)

All you have to do is step on a bathroom scale and you’ll know your body weight. No need to fear the scale, and please don’t adjust the scale to suit your preference. Your health is at stake. Divide your weight in kilograms by your height in meters to get your BMI, which is used to estimate body fat.

  • Anything below 18.5 is underweight. If your BMI is 30.0+, then you are obese.
  • Overweight is considered the range between 25.0 and 29.9.
  • A high BMI puts you at risk for a stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

 

Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

  • HDL, the healthy cholesterol, should be 50 or more.
  • LDL, the unhealthy cholesterol, should be under 100.

 

Glucose levels

High glucose levels (blood sugar) can develop into diabetes, which can lead to immune system problems, kidney failure, cardiac disease, blindness, or nerve issues.

  • Normal glucose levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl.
  • If your glucose is 100 to 125 mg/dl then you are at risk of diabetes.
  • Anything over 126 is too high risk, and you should be tested.

 

Waist size

People with large waist lines increase their risk of dying prematurely by double. Belly fat is not good. Measure your waist size once a month and create a plan to reduce it, if necessary.

  • For women, anything more than 35 inches is too long.
  • For men, it’s 40 inches.
  • Ideally, your waist size should be 32 1/2 if you are a woman and 35 if you are a man.

 

Keep yourself healthy. Know these numbers.