WMFD TV

Search Archive WMFD.com News

www.wmfd.com - It' a new year, a time to get organized and make 2014 the best ever and that means staying healthy. }}" />

   
 
 
Know Your Numbers For The New Year In The Health Minute

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
  Email Story to Friend
   
  Original Published: 1/4/2014

It' a new year. A time to get organized and make 2014 the best ever. That means staying healthy. Doctors say a good way to work towards positive health goals is to know where you stand in the medical numbers game. So which numbers are the most important? To sort it all out, here's Melisa Raney with today's Health Minute. The world is filled with digits. Phone numbers, passwords, all are important, but knowing the numbers inside your body are the ones you should really know. So which numbers are we talking about? Let's start with blood pressure. Your B-P is a major risk factor for heart and kidney disease and stroke and keeping your numbers in line is important. If you're under 60, the American Heart Association recommends a blood pressure under 120 over 80. For those over 60, a little higher number is OK, but talk to your doctor. Then, there's your cholesterol. Overall cholesterol level under 200 is acceptable. But, you should know the difference between HDL and LDL. One is good and one is bad. HDL, the good cholestrrol, should be at least 40 milligrams. But levels above 60 milligrams, is considered protective against heart disease. LDL, the bad cholesterol, should be less than 100 milligrams, which lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke. And your weight, height and waist size are important for knowing your body mass index. Ask your doctor if your weight is at a healthy level. That's because obesity can lead to heart disease, arthritis, acid reflux, sleep apnea, even cancer. Blood sugar numbers can tell you whether you may be pre-diabetic. According to the American Diabetes Association, a fasting sugar level under 100 milligrams is good. Knowing these numbers can help you work towards a healthier lifestyle and a happier new year.

   
  MORE RECENT NEWS
 
Image1 The first 10 Under 40 awards are presented to ten up-and- coming professionals under age forty in Richland County. Full Story
Image1 Over $27,000 in federal funding from the state's traffic safety office will help save lives in Crawford County. Full Story
 
Image1 The Bucyrus man accused of murdering four men two weeks ago is arraigned on a 21-count indictment. Full Story
Image1 The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University hosted an evening with Lynne Cheney Monday evening. Full Story
  MORE NEWS
 

Lynne Cheney Visits Ashland To Celebrate Constitution Day

Fire Heavily Damages Madison Township Home

Annual Veteran's Day Held At 163rd Ashland County Fair

Many Youngsters Benefit From Annual Cops 'N Kids Program

Miss Ohio makes the Top 10 at Miss America Pageant

Republican women hosting Meet the Candidates Night

Town hall meeting set for discrimination in the workplace

More News