Beyond Your Weight: Numbers That are Key to Your Health

When many people think about getting healthier, their mind instantly associates this with losing weight.

While it’s true that your weight does have a bearing on your health — obesity is linked to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, for example — there are other numbers that reflect on your health, too.

Here are the most notable ones you should be aware of as you are making your way toward a healthier self.

Health Numbers to Watch

Cholesterol

When you’re striving to be healthier, you must be aware of your total cholesterol as well as the specific levels of “bad” (LDL) cholesterol as well as good (HDL) cholesterol and the ratio of the total cholesterol to the HDLs.

Ideally, your total cholesterol will be below 5.4 mmol/l, LDL will be below 3.5 mmol/l, and HDL will be 1.3 mmol/l or above.

TriglyceridesTriglycerides

Triglycerides are formed when the carbohydrates and fats in your diet are changed into a form that is able to be stored in your fat cells. They are released from fatty tissues when the body requires more energy before and after meals. While it is okay to have some triglycerides present in the bloodstream, higher levels can be indicative of coronary artery disease, most notably in women. High triglycerides and low HDL levels increase risk of metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. Ideally, your triglyceride level will rest at 1.7 mmol/l.

Blood Sugar

Your blood sugar level measures how much glucose is in your bloodstream. It’s determined by monitoring the amount of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in the blood. Individuals with prediabetes have an HbA1c level under 6%, while those with diabetes have an HbA1c of less than 7%. A typical HbA1c test reveals your average blood sugar over the past 2-3 months, providing an accurate assessment of the efficacy of your diabetes or prediabetes treatment plan.

The Doctor’s Not the Only One Who Knows Your Numbers

It’s vital that everyone regularly checks these key numbers to monitor their health. This doesn’t require a visit to the doctor, though! ARCpoint Labs nationwide provide basic health testing, including cholesterol, diabetes, and heart health testing, which includes testing for triglycerides.

We can provide the testing you need to know your numbers. To get started, find your nearest location today!

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