Life Saving Numbers

As you set your goals for the upcoming year, it is important to understand a few key numbers. These numbers can have a significant impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Body Mass Index (BMI): BMI is based on an individual’s height and weight and is used as a reliable tool to help determine optimal or healthy weight ranges for each person. Of course, numerous health problems are associated with being overweight or obese. By maintaining a healthy weight, you can lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. You can find your BMI at Cholesterol: High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. By keeping your cholesterol levels healthy, less than 200mg/dl is desirable, you can lower your risk for disease. Blood Pressure: About one in three US adults has high blood pressure. Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure in the arteries during active and resting phases of each heartbeat. Current guidelines identify normal pressure as lower than 120/80. Blood Sugar: According to the American Diabetes Association, 79 million people in the US have pre-diabetes. Prediabetics are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and are five to six times more likely to develop diabetes. Diabetes can lead to multiple, chronic health problems. It is possible to prevent the progression of type 2 diabetes with diet and exercise. A normal blood glucose level for a health person is somewhere between blood glucose is 70-99 mg/dl. Exercise Minutes and Daily Steps: The World Health Organization recommends that adults complete at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. Whether you split those minutes into short, 10-minute bursts or longer sweat sessions, hitting that target will lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and colon and breast cancers. Individuals can increase their daily activity by wearing a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps each day. Everyone should make it a goal to partner with their health care provider and learn more about these life-saving numbers. Your care provider can help educate you about cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, personal risk factors and important screenings. With diet, exercise, mental health guidance, tobacco cessation, education and screenings, you can discover ways to be healthier in 2015. If you or a loved one is in need of a primary healthcare physician, call Portneuf Primary Care Clinic at 208-239-3815.Our clinic manages a broad array of health issues including heart disease; diabetes; high blood pressure; injury care; muscle, bone and joint problems; psychological issues; mental health; stomach, intestinal and urinary system complaints; along with allergies and infections. In addition we do annual physicals, health screenings and administer immunizations.