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Your annual checkup by the numbers

Older lady with doctorYour annual checkup appointment with your primary care provider is an important time to determine where your health stands and to become better educated about your body and what it needs to function properly. Sometimes though, we approach the appointment with fear and rather than being an active participant in the appointment, we shut down and just go through the motions in order to get it over with. In order to be a better advocate for your body and health, go into your annual checkup with confidence. Read on to learn some basic terms and numbers to help you to be more prepared for your next checkup.

Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the force at which blood is pumped from your heart into your arteries. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is found in cells that travel throughout the body via the bloodstream. Bad cholesterol, known as LDL cholesterol, contributes to the build up of plaque in your arteries and can contribute to heart disease.

Blood Glucose
Blood glucose is the main sugar found in your blood, and it comes from the food you eat to provide your body with energy. Having high levels of sugar in your blood is called hyperglycemia and this can lead to blood vessel damage that can cause heart disease or other serious conditions.

BMI
Your body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on your height and weight. A high BMI can indicate health problems associated with excess body fat.

Good At Risk
Blood Pressure Less than 120/80 140/90+
Cholesterol Less than 150 200+
Fasting Blood
Glucose
Less than 100 100+
BMI 18.5-24.9 30+

 

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