We all remember our phone number, our house number, our bank card numbers – but do we spend enough time checking and monitoring our key health numbers/indicators.
Many of us might jump on the scales at one time or another – but are we actually educating ourselves on the numbers that help us to track and monitor our health – and ultimately help us take action if our results aren’t where they need to be!
Here are three of the key health numbers that are important for you to start thinking about:
Keeping your blood pressure under control is essential – too high, or too low and you can be at risk of developing adverse health conditions. As a general guide, the NHS states that:
- normal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg
- high blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher
- Low blood pressure is considered to be 90/60mmHg or lower
Body Mass Index (BMI)
This calculation looks at the numerical value of your weight in relation to your height and is a method of estimating a person’s body fat levels. Being overweight and being underweight are both added health risks, so you want to make sure you are
This is a simple calculation to complete and the NHS provide an easy online tool that you can use https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/
High cholesterol is when you have too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in your blood. It can be caused by eating fatty food, not exercising enough, being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol. It can also be hereditary and run in families.
High cholesterol does not cause symptoms. You can only find out if you have it from a blood test. The test will measure your total cholesterol level and should also measure your levels of good and bad cholesterol – for each element you will receive a numerical result. Depending on your results, your doctor or nurse will advise you on what your target cholesterol level should be and how to work towards achieving it.
If you’re a member of our Cignpost Health Membership, our nurses can support you in accessing the right health checks for you, along with supporting you to action the results.