Despite the importance of knowing important health numbers such as blood pressure, ideal weight, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar, many Americans struggle to remember them. According to a survey by Ohio State, only 35% of Americans know their blood pressure and 44% can name their ideal weight. Even fewer know their cholesterol levels and blood sugar.
Erica Hutson’s experience with high cholesterol despite being active and eating a healthy diet highlights the importance of being proactive in understanding and managing these numbers. Knowing if the numbers are within a healthy range is crucial for making lifestyle changes or using medication to improve them.
Dr. Laxmi Mehta emphasizes the importance of monitoring these health numbers as they can provide important clues about heart health. Being vigilant about one’s own health is essential for setting a good example for children when it comes to being proactive about heart health.
Hutson’s experience has led her to be more aware of her own health and to instill in her children the importance of knowing and managing their health numbers. By staying informed and aware of any changes in these health numbers, individuals can take an active role in their own healthcare during a wellness check with a doctor.