Start Tracking Your Numbers Before They Trip You Up


Picture of doctors office.Yes, we all do checkups, and read the latest health news. But when it comes right down to it, are you really sure where you stand on cholesterol, weight and blood pressure levels. We all get readouts from the doctor, but what happens from there?

Without some regular tracking, you could be close to a danger zone without knowing it

Most people sail through their thirties and forties checking in with the doctor and accepting numbers as they are, unless the doctor sees spikes and calls for changes. This can carry us right on through to our fifties without a solid plan for staying healthy long term.

What It Takes to Pull It Together

Starting with a doctor’s checkup and an understanding of where your numbers fall you can find out what’s going on and do something about it if action is needed.

Ask Some Good Questions:

Where does my weight put me in terms of health?

If you are always just a few pounds up, or your doctor has told you to lose twenty or more pounds, you have some clues. For a few pounds up, skipping the extras and building in a little more exercise could work. For twenty or more pounds over you need a plan with a diet you can stick to and exercise on a daily basis. Some doctors say dropping just 10 pounds can mean avoiding diabetes for some. Do the homework and find out what your weight means to your health.

What are my blood pressure, waist size and cholesterol level numbers?

WebMD says these are numbers that could save our lives. Normal blood pressure is below 120/80. Pre-hypertension is 120 to 139 and hypertension, high blood pressure is 140 or higher, systolic, and 90 or higher, diastolic.

They also tell us 36 inches for women and 40 inches for men is a cut line. If you measure more you may be putting yourself at risk for heart disease, diabetes and other metabolic diseases. In cholesterol total cholesterol needs to be 200 mg/dL or lower, (optimal is 100 or lower), with good cholesterol of 50 mg/dL or higher for a woman and 40 mg/dL or higher for a man. Triglycerides should be 150 mg/dL or less.

Take the time to review your cholesterol numbers with your doctor so you have an idea of where to start with an overall diet/exercise approach. Actually all of this number footwork is intended to give you a guide for your future, meaning you do your checkup, find out your numbers, and then discuss them with your physician to spot any issues.

Then keep those numbers in mind as you devise diet and exercise routines along with plans to drop stress. The results should be better numbers and a better you.


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