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Snapshot of Your Health

Snapshot of Your Health

by Becca Brannan, RN - August 05, 2014

Do you know your numbers… the ones that count the most?

We all have numbers floating around our minds like birthdays, deadlines for work, miles we walked this week, how much money is in the bank, the price of that really cool purse you saw a few days ago or the scores from your favorite sports team.

Do you know the numbers that really count? I am referring to the numbers that tell how your body is functioning. One of our most precious commodities is our health, but it is often the one we don’t miss until it is gone.

“The more you know…” I am sure you have heard this saying before. It is true! The more you know about your body and how it is working gives you the opportunity to make healthier choices in order to prevent or manage a chronic illness.

You don’t have to try and figure out what every value means from the long list of results and visit summary you get at your yearly check-up to the doctor. BUT, there are some you should – know: what they mean, why we check them, what the normal values are & what your numbers are! Who knows once you master these… you might want to learn what all of them mean.

Why does the size of your waist matter?

This provides information about where body fat is stored. This is important because carrying excess weight around the abdomen is unhealthy. This is what we call visceral or “deep” fat. It is located inside the peritoneal cavity and surrounds our internal organs. Visceral fat increases the risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, dementia or stroke.

Ladies, your risk increases when you hit 35 inches or greater around the waist. For men, it is 40 inches or greater.

So, you don’t have to understand what every number or lab value means your doctor measures. If you start off knowing these, it will give you a snapshot into how your body is functioning. Then, you can make small changes as soon as you see something inching out of the normal range.

Snapshot of Your Health will be a series of blogs focusing on knowing your numbers. Stay tuned for the next post!

   

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