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Tip For The Day - Your Health Barometers

Updated on September 3, 2014

What can you control?

~ You can get regular checkups and know what they can tell you.

~ You can limit your exposure to second-hand smoke, and end a smoking habit.

~ You can get needed exercise of 30 minutes three or more times a week.

~ You can get and maintain your healthy Body Mass Index (BMI).

~ You can control your consumption of alcohol, and stay properly hydrated.

~ You can take steps to reduce unnecessary stress.

~ You can get regular, adequate, healthy sleep.

~ You can "eat healthy" by limiting sugar, and eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, lean meats, and seafood.

How good are your health numbers?

[Note: The following information is general and not intended for replacing medications, or countering information you may receive from a health care professional. Before starting any exercise program, consult your doctor.]

In most areas of the United States, as well as in many foreign countries, you can have ready access to check your blood pressure, height, weight, pulse, BMI, blood glucose level, and oxygen levels in your blood.

Any annual checkup (and you should get one every year, and more frequently in case of medical concerns you may experience) will be able to provide you with those results. Now you can record and share them at .

Here are the generally accepted levels for an average healthy person male or female:

Your Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure will want to be around 120 over 80.

If it is significantly different than that benchmark:

Try taking your blood pressure more often, and find the real average.

Try reducing the amount of salt you consume each day.

Try reducing the stress factors in you daily life.

Try losing unhealthy weight.

Try getting more medically approved exercise, and

Stop any smoking, and limit any consumption of alcohol.

Your heart rate

An average, healthy heart rate will measure 60 to 100 beats per minute.

If it is significantly different than that benchmark:

Try checking it more often so as to get a better idea of your average heart rate.

Try limiting your consumption of saturated fats and triglycerides.

Try to get more exercise to strengthen your heart muscle, and see whether or not supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 might be suggested by your health care provider.

Your Blood Glucose Level

Your blood glucose level will want to be between 100 and 140.

If your health checkup shows it to be significantly different, follow the advice of your medical professional who may suggest that you check your blood sugar levels every three months, and

Be more active.

Reach and maintain a healthy BMI for your height.

Eat more of the healthy proteins. And,

Limit excess carbohydrates in your diet such as sugar, pastas, and white bread.

Oxygen Level

Under normal conditions your oxygen saturation level will want to be between 94% and 100%. Many factors can cause that to vary, smoking being on of the major ones, along with lack of regular exercise.

If your constantly dragging, and feel you have no energy, your oxygen level could be to blame. Knowing what it is takes only a minute at a local health clinic, hospital, or willing pharmacy. A device for measuring it yourself is relatively inexpensive.

Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

In a measurement based on height and weight, standards exist for measuring your Body Mass Index with charts readily accessible on the worldwide web.

The standard for a healthy person is a Body Mass Index not in excess of 25> Most Americans don't need to be concerned about a BMI that is too low, because at least 57% of Americans are overweight for their height, and, therefor, have a BMI over 25.

Summing Up:

As in any competitive sport, the numbers can tell a great deal about performance and likely future performance.

These benchmarks are numbers by which you can measure your own health at any given time. They also permit you, with the advice of your health care provider, to take corrective action to improve your numbers. By doing so you can improve the length and quality of the life you have.

And by the way, when you lose the excess weight, don't try to find it:


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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Kate Mc Bride - It is what it is, isn't it?

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      Kate McBride 3 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      This is a great hub-all the detail about bl0od pressure parameters and the rest presented in such a matter of fact way. Thanks for sharing Jasper and looking forward to reading more from you as usual. Cheers, Kate

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      vocalcoach - By sharing, you are doing just what I did in writing the Hub. We're partners!

      Funny thing, those scores didn't show up as soon as your comment did.

      The link was revised, too.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      As soon as I saw your name on my notification list, I knew I was in for another treat. For me, there's nothing better, or more important than a hub on health.

      I'm grateful to you for this informative, interesting article. I learn more from you than from my doctor :)

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and will share. - Audrey

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ericdierker - And never get down on yourself if you ARE perfect!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great advice. I would add to not get down on yourself if you are not perfect.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks for taking an interest in your health. If your numbers and your checkups are great, take some pride in living well. Good health is its own reward.

      If your numbers show some areas in which your health can be improved, follow good medical advice and improve. The rewards are there and you can give them to yourself.