of us don’t know our top 5 health numbers? These numbers are clear indicators of whether or not we are doing a good job of trying to stay healthy. Knowing these numbers means that you know your body and that gives you the POWER to change it.
recommended), being informed is essential. These numbers will help you understand the aging of your heart and blood vessels (responsible for strokes, heart attacks, memory loss, sexual dysfunction), aging of your immune system (which can lead to cancer, infection, autoimmune diseases), and general deterioration of your body ‘s infrastructure (bones, organs, joints, tissue).
So, do you know the following?
Being ignorant of these important numbers is irresponsible. Knowing your waist measurement and weight will not cause you to become obsessed in an unhealthy way. How can you set health goals and keep that machine called
your body working optimally if you don’t know what you should be aiming for?
Ideal Blood Pressure: 115/76 – established in fifty-six studies and fifty-two countries. A staggering statistic:
50% of heart attacks can be attributed to a blood pressure of 125/80 and 140/90.
Weight: Being overweight contributes to important health risks: increases your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, lipid disorders like high LDL levels, sleep apnea, cancer, and arthritis.
Waist Circumference: Women should have a waist <35 inches and men <40 inches. Tummy fat squeezes your kidneys. Extra abdominal fat has adverse effects on your body. Abdominal fat cells secrete a hormone that directly increases inflammation in your blood vessels. A weight loss of even 5% will improve your health.
Cholesterol: Healthy and Lousy are easy ways to remember the different types of cholesterol! Your blood test will reveal the results of both. With HDL you want the highest number possible and with LDL you want to keep it under 100. Ideal: HDL >40, LDL – under 100.
Blood sugar: Keep it lower than 100 mg/dl. Excess sugar in the blood can cause damage to those all important arteries.
Debra Basch, RHN
Director of Nutrition and
Certified Personal Trainer