Thursday, July 24, 2014

5 Health Numbers You Should Know

"There are five numbers that strongly correlate with
aging, heart disease, stroke, memory loss, and
sexual health," says Michael Roizen, MD, chief
wellness officer at Cleveland Clinic.

1. Blood Pressure--Ideal number: 115/75
"Blood pressure at this level lowers your risk
of disability and premature death--plus
it can help keep you feeling and looking younger."

2. Cholesterol--Ideal numbers: 
LDL (bad) cholesterol under 100
HDL (good) over 50 
"Cholesterol at these levels is associated with
healthy, youthful arteries."

3. C-Reactive Protein--Ideal number: less than 1
CRP rises when you have inflammation somewhere in your body--and chronic inflammation can mean trouble.
A CRP reading below 1 will keep you at low risk 
of arthritis, heart disease, and stroke.

4. HBA1c--Ideal number: 5.6 or lower
This test measures how much sugar is attached to your
hemoglobin, an oxygen-carrying protein in the blood.
The higher the number, the worse your blood sugar
control and the more likely you are to develop
diabetes or other problems.

5. Waist Circumference--Ideal number: 
Half (or less) of your height in inches
Wrap a tape measure around your middle at your 
belly button, and then suck in and measure.

Quoted from:  Prevention Magazine

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When American adults were asked,
"if you could stop time and live forever 
in good health at a particular age,
at what age would you like to live?"
Most of them said:

Source: Harris Interactive

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Big Benefits From Small Tips

The key to longevity--Eat nuts!

People who ate a handful of nuts DAILY were
about 20% less likely to die from any cause, 
especially heart disease and cancer, over a 
30-year period than non-nut eaters.

Sitting is the new smoking!

Sitting too long can increase risk of 
high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease, 
even if you hit the gym after work.
Moving even a little bit- standing up for a minute
while talking on the phone, for example-adds up.
Don't just sit there for long periods of time.

Watching your weight saves you money!

Staying trim could help save some dough, at least when it comes to health-care costs.  A study from the journal Obesity found that health care costs were lowest for people with a body mass index of 19, which falls into the lower range of a healthy BMI.  The heavier people got, though, the more those costs rose.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Walk Strong

Life has a way of placing unexpected and sometimes
deeply unwelcome challenges squarely in our path.
The key is learning to breathe through the pain,
accept the change, and get stronger for what comes next.

~Quoted from Prevention Magazine

Monday, February 10, 2014

Working out is just like brushing your teeth. It's a routine that is essential to the body for overall health and longevity. When you treat exercising like it's a luxury, you are more likely to blow it off. And then your body won't look, feel or perform at its best. Find the best workout for you.

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