Knowing The Numbers Mean Wellness

August 1, 2006

1997049824.jpg When you have an executive check up… you have many numbers to analyze…but what do they mean?

Here are some tips for you to know … knowledge of these numbers mean you know when to act!

1. Fasting Blood Sugar: normal blood glucose is now 99 mg/dl and below.  Anytime it reaches 100- you are categorized as prediabetic and therefore requires further workup.  Review your previous readings and check if the numbers have been hovering between 100 to 125.  Anytime, it exceeds 126 mg/dl on 2 occasions, a diagnosis of diabetes is given.

2. Blood Pressure: 120/80mmHg is no longer normal! it is already a prehypertension stage!  Lifestyle changes like dietary modification with limitation of salt and increase physical activity with weight loss are a priority.

3. Body Mass Index: You divide your weight in kilos by your height in meters squared.  The cutoff has been shown to differ according to ethnicity. For Asians, a BMI of 23 is already considered OVERWEIGHT and therefore is associated with increased co-morbidities.

4. LDL or Bad Cholesterol: Depends on your risk factors for heart disease (Diabetes, High blood pressure): aim for a level of less than 130 mg/dl in general. However if you are a diabetic, the lower the LDL, the better… We aim for a level of <100

All these numbers should be kept at goal…to remain healthy and fit!

Keep a Close Watch on

These Numbers…Keeping

Them Right Means Wellness.

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