3 Key Numbers You Need To Know

Posted on Nov 3 2014 - 10:25pm by Simbaa Da Lion


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The doc knows best, and according to health specialists, there are three numbers we need to know about ourselves to maintain a healthy body.

Your Blood Pressure: One in three adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure or pre-hypertension. To prevent yourself from being a statistic, check your blood pressure and compare it to these numbers:

  • Normal blood pressure is below 120/80
  • Pre-hypertension is 120 to 139 (systolic) and/or 80 to 89 (diastolic)
  • Hypertension – also known as high blood pressure — is 140 or higher (systolic) and 90 or higher (diastolic) (via WebMD)

What’s “systolic” “diastolic,” you ask? Check out WebMD for an explanation.

Your Waist Size: You are at twice the risk of dying at a younger age when living with a larger waistline. Belly fat sends out a toxic stream of chemicals that affects your whole body. Take on these tips towards a fitter you:

  • Measure your waist once a month 
  • Measure at your natural waistline, (above your hipbone and below the ribcage)
  • Be mindful of your posture and suck in your stomach since the fat you’re measuring is deep inside the belly
  • A waist size over 35 inches in women and over 40 inches in men increases chances of chronic diseases (diabetes, heart disease, etc.)  
  • The ideal waist size for women is 32 ½ inches and 35 inches for men
  • Click here to learn your body mass index, or BMI, to see how your waist size can impact your overall health (via Dr. Oz)

Your Cholesterol: High cholesterol is a leading cause for cardiovascular disease. Here are some steps to take to prevent this:

  • To test your cholesterol levels, see a doctor who can administer a simple blood test.
  • Memorize the two forms of cholesterol: HDL and LDL. Your HDL, the healthy cholesterol, needs to be 50 or better; your LDL, the unhealthy cholesterol, should be under 100 (via Dr. Oz)
  • Typically, HDL (“good” cholesterol) of 50 mg/dL or higher, if you’re a woman, or 40 mg/dL or higher, if you’re a man (via WebMD)

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