Come on, knowing your numbers is definitely easier than placing a winning bet, Right?!
Listen to this, research shows clear links between blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, obesity, and the risk for developing cardiovascular disease, so doesn’t it make sense to monitor your levels regularly?
And you know, Kroger stores are offering free screenings in approximately 1800 of their Pharmacies. (Check to see their locations.) They are offering a convenient way to track and measure your blood pressure as well as other important metrics.
Here are 3 sets of numbers you should be aware of: (The following numbers were compiled and reported by Dr. Marc R. Watkins, MD, MSPH, FACOEM.)
- Blood Pressure. It is recommended getting your blood pressure checked at least once every two years, starting at 20. If you have risk factors, including a family history of heart disease, your doctor may want to check your levels more frequently. Here are the numbers to watch for: Normal: Below 120/80 mm Hg, Elevated (pre-high blood pressure): 120-129/ <80-89 mm Hg, and Hypertension (high blood pressure): 140+ / 90+ mm Hg.
- Blood Glucose (HBA1C Test). According to Physicians, there is no need for blood glucose testing unless there are risk factors present. Discuss this with your doctor if you’re concerned you may be at risk. Those with diabetes should be monitored regularly. Here are the numbers to watch for: Normal (level for someone without diabetes): Less than 5.7%. Normal (level for someone with controlled diabetes): Less than 7%.
- It is recommended having your cholesterol levels tested every 4-6 years starting at age 20. If you’re being monitored for any risk factors for diseases, your levels should be tested at least annually, or more frequently as determined by your doctor. Here are the numbers to watch for: Optimal: Total Cholesterol: <200 mg/dL, LDL: 100-129 mg/dL (with no health or risk factors), Triglycerides: <150mg/dL, HDL: 60+ mg/dL, Borderline High: Total Cholesterol: 200-339 mg/dL, LDL: 130-159 mg/dL, Triglycerides: 150-199 mg/dL, HDL: 45-59 mg/dL (borderline low). High: Total Cholesterol: 240+ mg/dL, LDL: 160+ mg/dL, Triglycerides: 200+ mg/dL, and HDL: <40 mg/dL (low).
- BMI (Body Mass Index). It is recommended having your BMI checked at least yearly, and more often if risk factors are present. While the body mass index can vary by height and age, this chart reflects the average for adults: Underweight: Below 18.5, Normal: (healthy weight) 18.5-24.9, Overweight: 25-29.9, and Obese: 20+.
Below is what you need to do to check your Kroger’s store for the free cholesterol screenings:
- Call (877-)444-9689 or visit Kroger.com/HeartHealth to schedule.
So Boomers, check out your numbers and join the Heart Healthy dialogue. Let us know what you’re doing to keep your numbers in check!
As always, I am…the checked and good numbered Boomer Explorer.