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

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