Leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy. Knowing and understanding your health numbers can help you determine if your health is on track, or if you need to make a lifestyle change.
So, what exactly are “health numbers?” We are referring to blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI. By keeping those numbers within a healthy range, you can greatly improve your heart health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
What to Pay Attention To
All your numbers are extremely important, but you should really pay attention to your cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels.
Excess cholesterol can form plaque between your artery walls, making it harder for your heart to circulate blood. This causes plaque to break open and cause blood clots. If a clot blocks an artery, a stroke will occur. If it blocks an artery that feeds the heart, it causes a heart attack.
High blood pressure puts extra strain on your arteries and heart as well. Over time, this will cause your arteries to become narrower, which makes them more prone to becoming clogged. If your arteries are clogged, this could result in a heart attack, stroke, kidney disease or dementia.
The A1C test provides information on a person’s average levels of blood glucose over the past 3 months. These numbers are extremely important because early stages of diabetes have no symptoms, so it’s easily overlooked.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a height to weight ratio and is calculated by your weight ÷ height. The recommended BMI range is 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight and a BMI of over 30 is considered obese.
Our Screenings provide the following information:
During screenings, our Registered Nurses at ADKHW will provide confidential education on your numbers and work with you to determine how to make life styles changes. Call us today to schedule a screening at your office. Providing a healthier workforce brings higher productivity, fewer sick days, and lower health insurance costs. Give your employees the tools they need in order to take charge of their health!