Keep your numbers in check to prevent illness and disease.
Do you really know the numbers tied to good health? How about your blood pressure; are you more likely to know the score of the last Tampa Bay Rays game than your most recent blood pressure reading?
Knowing certain health numbers can help you prevent future illness as well as keep you on the right track to good health.
- Blood pressure. Hypertension is known as the "silent killer" because the condition doesn't have significant symptoms. However, high blood pressure is associated with artery damage, heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke, kidney damage and vision impairment. According to the American Heart Association, a healthy blood pressure reading is less than 120/80 mm Hg.
- Cholesterol. There are two types of cholesterol, which is a waxy substance produced by the liver and obtained from the food you eat. HDL is the good cholesterol that helps keep the the bad cholesterol (LDL) from getting stuck in the artery walls. High cholesterol, much like high blood pressure, had no symptoms, but the effect is a greater chance of coronary heart disease. LDL cholesterol levels below 100 and HDL levels above 40 for men and 50 for women are considered to be in the healthy range.
- Triglycerides. Like high cholesterol, elevated triglyceride levels are linked to coronary heart disease. Less than 150 mg/dL is considered a normal triglyceride reading.
- Blood sugar. Diabetes is a condition when you have an excess of sugar, or glucose, in your blood and has devastating effects including heart disease, nerve damage and stroke. A healthy range of glucose level is 70 to 130 mg/dL, if tested prior to eating.
- Waist size. The circumference of your waist is good indication of whether or not you are at a healthy weight. A waistline smaller than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men is considered to be healthy.
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