"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