KNOW YOUR WELLNESS NUMBERS!

September 24, 2018

KNOW YOUR WELLNESS NUMBERS!

Know your wellness numbers!

One of the important axioms I learned during my career is, “if you cannot measure it, you cannot fix it.”  This is true for so many processes and procedures in life.  It is also very important for you in managing your health.

In most medical practices the physician will order a standard set of laboratory test to determine if your bodily functions are normal-----within a normal range for your age, sex, or other demographic factors.  Make sure that you have that annual physical and lab work.  You can be empowered if you know your numbers.

If you do not know where you are in these clinical ranges, then you cannot prepare a plan to get you into the normal levels.  Do you know what is your cholesterol level, how high is your HDL cholesterol, what is your  LDL level, and your triglycerides?  Each of these numbers are important because they differ by individual and give you information about your lipids(fats).  It is the physician who can tell you how to manage and improve these numbers and if they are out of range, you may need a medication to get you out of risk of fats building up in your vessels and causing clogged arteries.

Other important numbers to know---what is your blood sugar level.  Are you pre-diabetic, or  have you already developed diabetes and had no knowledge.   Early detection can lead to prevention and a completely different quality of life.  You have nothing to lose but so much to gain by knowing your numbers.

Okay, men over 40, why don’t you know your PSA (prostate specific antigen)?  It is devastating for men to discover that they have prostate cancer!  So, toughen up and get that test.  It could save your life.

Everybody needs to be more conscious of their lab numbers and ask the physician the right questions.  What do they mean and how you can improve your situation?   It is personal to you and important that you work hard to resolve any issues.   Many situations can be controlled with diet and exercise.  Go for it!

Sincerely,

Prepared by:  Saundra Thompkins-Searcy (2-17-2017)

Re-released 9-24-2018

 

 





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