Five Numbers Every Adult Should Know
Every adult should know the numbers that affect their health, especially if you're over 40 or at higher-than-average risk. Here are some of the most common ones to watch:
- Body Mass Index (BMI). Your BMI can indicate whether you're at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
- Blood Pressure. A healthy blood pressure range can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Cholesterol. Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels helps prevent arterial buildup.
- Blood Sugar. Unless you're at high risk, get tested starting age 45.
- Cancers. Talk to your doctor about your risk for colon, breast or prostate cancer.
Most of all, see your doctor. Your UW Neighborhood Clinic primary care physician can help you learn and track the numbers that are important to your good health.
For more healthy tips, visit the For Patients and Families Health Tips