Do you know your numbers?
Chrissy Cole Chumley, APRN, FNP-BC, Methodist Physician Group Family Medicine
Even if math isn’t your favorite subject, there are some numbers
that are important to know when it comes to your health. Numbers involving
your blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) can be indicators
of whether anything is out of normal range. Once you know your numbers,
you can take steps to improve your health and hopefully prevent a serious
or chronic health condition from developing.
What is your blood sugar number?
To accurately determine your blood sugar number (how much glucose is in
your blood), have a blood test after fasting at least eight hours. If
your number is between 70 and 100, you are in normal range. Between 101
and 125, you may be considered pre-diabetic. A number over 126 could mean
you have diabetes.
What is your blood cholesterol number?
A blood test can measure the levels of both good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol.
A total cholesterol number of 200 or lower is best. An HDL number of 50
or more for women and 45 or more for men is considered optimum, while
an LDL number of 130 or higher is cause for concern and may require further
testing or treatment with medication.
What is your BMI (body mass index)?
Body mass index, often referred to as BMI, is a measurement of body fat
that calculates your body weight in relation to your height. It can indicate
whether you are considered normal, overweight or obese. To find your BMI,
multiply your weight x 703.1, then divide that number by your height in
inches. Are you with me so far? Take that number and divide it again by
your height. (You can also easily find BMI calculators online.) If your
number is between 18 and 24.9, you’re considered in normal range.
A BMI of 25-29.9 indicates you are overweight; over 30 is considered obese.
About Chrissy Cole Chumley
Chrissy Cole Chumley, a board-certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
(APRN), provides care at Methodist Family Medicine on Elm Street in Henderson
and at Webster County Family Medicine in Dixon. To schedule an appointment,
call 270-869-0401 in Henderson or 270-639-9101 in Dixon.