We live by numbers. Date of birth, identity number, passport number, bank account number, telephone number, car registration number, house number and and, and that’s why I run a programs on my Mac called 1 password and Evernote where i can store all these numbers. There are however other numbers that change with our state of health. These being, our blood pressure numbers, cholesterol numbers, and blood sugar number.
Now, if you, like me, put some PT into your health you don’t get to have doctors prodding and poking and measuring you from one year to the next. Now, this is not always a good thing because for example high blood pressure is well known as the silent killer so it is important to take these readings now and then. So, I actually did buy a BP monitor and do keep my eye on my BP. But, what do the numbers mean and when should you be concerned.
Here is some info and guidelines on blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar readings.
Blood pressure is the pressure at which your blood flows in your arteries. It is measured in millimetres of mercury.
Normal is 120/80 to 129/84 mm Hg
High Normal is 130/85 to 139/89 mm Hg
Hypertension (commonly known as high blood pressure) can be categorised as mild, moderate and severe
Mild = 140/90 to 159/99 mm Hg
Moderate = 160/100 to 179/109 mm Hg
Severe = 180/110 mm Hg and above
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that must be present in your tissues and blood but can be harmful if the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) gets too high or the HDL (high-density lipoprotein) gets too low. This is measured in millimoles per litre
The ideal number for the total cholesterol is under 5.0 mmol/l
LDL that is commonly known as the bad cholesterol should be less than 3.0 mmol/l
HDL, commonly know as the good cholesterol should be more than 1.2 mmol/l
Blood Sugar reading is the amount of glucose in your blood. This is also measured in millimoles per litre.
The normal range is between 3-8 mmol/l when fasting. (This cannot be accurately measured after having a meal)
Remember that these numbers can all be in a normal range if you are living a healthy lifestyle. The best diet to reduce hypertension, and elevated blood sugar and cholesterol is a wholefood plant-based diet.