Americans often struggle to remember important health numbers such as blood pressure, ideal weight, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar. According to a survey by Ohio State, only 35% of Americans know their blood pressure and 44% can name their ideal weight. Even fewer know their cholesterol levels and blood sugar.
Erica Hutson’s experience with high cholesterol despite her active lifestyle and healthy diet highlights the importance of being aware of these numbers. As a young and healthy woman, she was shocked to discover her high cholesterol levels, emphasizing the need for individuals to be vigilant about monitoring their health numbers.
Dr. Laxmi Mehta stresses the importance of taking an active role in managing these health numbers. Being proactive in understanding these numbers is crucial for making lifestyle changes or using medication to improve them. By knowing if the numbers are within a healthy range, individuals can make informed decisions about their health.
Hutson’s experience has taught her the importance of being proactive about her own health and setting a good example for her children when it comes to heart health. She hopes to instill in them the significance of knowing and managing their health numbers during wellness checks with doctors.
Understanding these numbers is easily achievable through regular check-ups with healthcare providers. Staying informed about any changes in these health numbers allows individuals to take control of their healthcare and make positive changes towards a healthy lifestyle.