Know Your Numbers – BMI, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose

Knowing your numbers is one of the best ways to increase your overall health and well-being. During your medical visit, record your numbers and talk to your doctor about what they mean. Keep track of these important health numbers over time.

BODY MASS INDEX: LESS THAN 25

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight. A healthy BMI should be 25 or under. Carrying extra weight can lead to high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and many other chronic diseases.

CHOLESTEROL: LESS THAN 200

Sometimes the body makes and stores extra fats and cholesterol. A “sudden” heart attack may not be sudden at all, but caused by years of living with high cholesterol which can cause plaque to build up inside the arteries, restricting blood flow and putting your at risk for heart attack or stroke. Since there are no obvious symptoms of high cholesterol, it is important to know your cholesterol numbers.

BLOOD PRESSURE: LESS THAN 120 | 80

Blood pressure is a measure of the amount of force it takes for your heart to pump blood through your body. High blood pressure has no symptoms and increases your risk of heart attack or stroke, and for developing kidney disease. Have your blood pressure checked regularly.

BLOOD GLUCOSE: 80 TO 120

Glucose is sugar in the blood that is the body’s main source of energy. Diabetes, or high blood sugar, can cause problems with your heart, eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves, and other body parts. High or low blood glucose should be medically managed.