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Healthy Living Expo September 20-21, 2018

Know Your Numbers - Know Your Health!

, by St. Luke's Healthy U

One of the most important things you can do for your current (and future) health is to understand your risk factors for disease and get regular health screenings. Screenings are simple tests used to identify potential health problems before they develop. Prevention and early detection are key in fighting most chronic conditions including heart disease, certain types of cancer, and diabetes.

Recommended screenings vary based on your age, gender and family history*. However, there are some basic numbers that everyone should know. These include Body Mass Index, waist circumference, blood pressure and blood glucose. 

Body Mass Index (BMI) estimates body fat using a ratio of height to weight. It is a good indicator for a person’s risk for disease that results from being overweight or obese. BMI is a reliable tool for most people, but it does have limitations. BMI tends to overestimate body fat in persons who are very muscular and can underestimate body fat in persons who have lost muscle mass such as the elderly. 

Did you know a modest weight loss of just 5-10% can have a big impact on your health? Click here to see how you could benefit.

Waist circumference is used in combination with BMI to help give a more complete picture of a person’s body fat and overall health. Waist circumference is a measure of abdominal fat, which is directly related to your risk for developing obesity-related illnesses.           

Weight maintenance isn’t a diet – it’s a lifestyle, click here to see what you can do to start adopting a healthier lifestyle now. 

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart beats (systolic) and relaxes between beats (diastolic). There are usually no symptoms and if blood pressure remains high over time, it can damage organs and lead to heart attack or stroke. 

Learn things you can do to lower your blood pressure here!

Fasting blood glucose is a screening tool used to evaluate your risk for prediabetes and diabetes. Blood sugar, or glucose, increases slightly after eating. This causes the pancreas to release insulin and keep blood glucose levels from getting too high. Blood glucose levels that remain high over time can damage blood vessels.

How high is your risk for developing type 2 diabetes? Take this quiz to find out!

Attend the FitOne expo next week to get your numbers checked! St. Luke’s and Select Health will be offering FREE Know Your Numbers Screenings from 4-9 pm on Thursday, September 18 and 9 am – 8 pm on Friday, September 19. There will also be health coaches available for one-on-one goal setting, cancer prevention information (including the famous skin damage analyzer), and a functional movement test.

If you have any questions about the information listed here or would like details about these FREE health screenings, please call 381-8400.  

*Click here to see the recommendations based on your age and gender. We suggest that you use these guidelines to start a conversation with your healthcare provider.

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