Knowing your numbers puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to your health. Only then can you make the necessary changes to diet, exercise, or if necessary, taking the proper medication, to maintain those healthy numbers. Which numbers matter as you strive to live a healthy lifestyle?
- 1,500 mg: Total daily sodium intake
- Less than 40”: Waist circumference for men
- Less than 35”: Waist circumference for men
- 30 minutes: Minimum daily physical activity 5 or more days a week
- Less than 25: BMI (Body Mass Index)
- 5 or more: Daily servings of fruits and veggies
- 0: Tobacco products used
Talk to your health care provider if you have questions about your numbers!
Your blood pressure is within normal limits if it falls below 120/80. Pre-hypertension is between the range of 120-139 or 80-89. Hypertension is between 140-159 or 90-99. Should your numbers fall into two different categories, use the higher of the two as your guide.
Total cholesterol should be less than 200. Low density lipoprotein or “bad cholesterol” should be less than 100, and high density lipoprotein or “good cholesterol” should be 40 or higher. Triglycerides should be less than 150.