Healthy body measurements.
I think alot of patients can become quite confused with all the different numbers us Drs throw at you. Trying to remember the difference between what a diastolic and BSL is, can be quite daunting for 'joe public', let alone what those terms mean.
I like to break things into small chunks and write everything down for my patients' so I thought it would be a good idea to share that here. So here is my list of the most important numbers:
- Blood Pressure - should aim to be below 150/90. Diabetics should be below 145/85.
- Total cholesterol - below 5
- Blood sugar - between 4 - 6. 7 is my favourite number here.
- Weight - Body Mass index below 25(this is weight kg / heightxheight metres)
- Waist - Below 94cm in men. 80cm in women.
These are just for starters! But I feel its the building blocks that make for a healthier future. Its important to remember that the modifiable lifestyle risk factors are the key to minimising the potential development of a chronic disease, such as heart failure or diabetes. So stub out that cigarette, get out of that chair and control your appetite. Sounds easy right....