Five Important Health Numbers You should Know

1. Blood Pressure

Blood pressure refers to the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as it is carried from the heart to various tissues and organs throughout the body. Your blood pressure reading is the result of two numbers: the systolic pressure (or top number) which is the force that creates pressure on the arteries, and the diastolic pressure (bottom number) which indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats.

2.   Cholesterol

This soft, fat-like, and waxy substance is found in the bloodstream and cells. There are two different type of Cholesterol: HDL and LDL.

3.   Blood Sugar

Also referred to as blood glucose, your blood sugar number measures the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood.

4.    Body Mass Index (BMI)

Your BMI is based on your height and weight and is used as a screening tool to determine if you are obese, overweight, normal weight, or underweight.

BMI = (Weight in pounds) x 703 / (Height in inches)2

5.   Waist Size

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