Know your numbers

Some numbers are second nature: date of birth, your social security number and the PIN for your debit card. Equally important are the numbers that indicate your blood pressure, total cholesterol level and body mass index. While committing those measurements to memory isn’t necessary, monitoring them regularly is important.

Why do they matter?

The numbers speak for themselves: Roughly one in every four adults has high blood pressure, while about one in three is at risk for high cholesterol. In addition, there are approximately 60 million Americans with pre-diabetes or diabetes. These diseases are often called “silent killers” and are among the leading causes of cardiovascular deaths.

Today, we have the technology and information to take control of our health. One of the most effective ways to stay on top of your numbers is to prevent disease in the first place by getting your biometric screening done each year.

By Michael Pena