A recent survey by Ohio State found that only 35% of Americans know their blood pressure and 44% can state their ideal weight. Even fewer are aware of their cholesterol and blood sugar levels. This highlights the importance of being proactive in understanding and managing these health numbers, as they can provide important clues about heart health.
Erika Hutson, a young and healthy woman, was surprised to discover that she had high cholesterol despite being active and eating what she thought was a healthy diet. Her experience underscores the importance of knowing and tracking these health numbers, as they can help individuals make lifestyle changes or use medications to improve their heart health.
Cardiologist Dr. Lakmi Mehta emphasizes the importance of being proactive in understanding and managing these numbers. Knowing if your numbers are in a healthy range is key to making positive changes in your life. Hutson’s experience has inspired her to be vigilant about her own health and set a good example for her children when it comes to being proactive about heart health. She hopes to instill in them the importance of knowing and managing their health numbers.
Knowing these numbers can be easily achieved during a routine health checkup with a doctor. By staying informed and aware of any changes in these health numbers, individuals can take an active role in their own healthcare journey.