The Pressure Is On
Healthy living goes beyond just measuring how fast you can go or what your max heart rate is. In fact, it’s the numbers that can’t be measured with a stopwatch that mean most to your health physician.
What’s in a Number?
Category: systolic (top number) / diastolic (bottom number)
- Normal: less than 120 / less than 80
- Prehypertension: 120 – 139 / 80 – 89
- Hypertension , Stage 1 : 140 – 159 / 90 – 99
- Hypertension , Stage 2 : 160 and higher / 100 and higher
The Highs and Lows of Cholesterol
Total cholesterol level (mg/dl)
- Desirable: Less than 200
- Borderline high: 200 – 239
- High: 240 and above
LDL cholesterol level (mg/dl)
- Desirable : Less than 100
- Near optimal: 100 – 129
- Borderline high: 130 – 159
- High : 160 – 189
- Very high : 190 and above
HDL cholesterol level (mg/dl)
- Desirable : 60 and above
- Near optimal: 40-59
- Undesirable: Less than 40
If you haven’t had any of the following tests performed recently, schedule an appointment with your physician to do so. Testing varies with age and risk factors, so ask your physician to recommend a schedule based on personal and family medical history. Here are some general guidelines.
Test: When to Check
- Blood pressure : Every two years
- Fasting blood sugar : Every three years
- Fasting lipid panel : Every five years
Source: Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D. ; who specializes in weight management and diabetes.