A survey by Ohio State revealed that many Americans struggle to remember important health numbers such as blood pressure, ideal weight, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar. 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, a young and healthy woman, was surprised to find out she had high cholesterol despite being active and eating what she thought was a healthy diet. Her experience highlights the importance of knowing and monitoring these health numbers, as they can provide important clues about heart health.
Cardiologist Dr. Laxmi Mehta emphasizes 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. By staying informed and aware of any changes in these health numbers, individuals can take an active role in their own healthcare.
Hutson’s experience has led her to be vigilant about her own health and to set a good example for her children when it comes to being proactive about heart health. She hopes to instill in them the importance of knowing and managing their health numbers during wellness checks with doctors. By doing so, individuals can easily accomplish keeping track of these important health indicators.