4 Numbers to Know for Your Health and Wellbeing
Most people in today’s world do not know which four numbers are most tied to overall happiness, health and wellbeing. If you took a poll, the four numbers most people probably know best are their Bank Account Balance, Phone Number, Social Security Number, and Marriage Anniversary (You wouldn’t still be living if you forgot it)
However, your friends at Boston Dental Health & Wellness have the numbers you SHOULD know. The numbers above are important but do not affect your health and wellbeing (Well, maybe the anniversary one does). The numbers you really need to focus on are the ones that revolve around your overall health and wellbeing. According to Raytheon’s MISSION: HEALTH, the four numbers that drastically impact your overall health and wellness are:
- Body Mass Index – Excess weight can lead to high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal issues, and other chronic conditions. Being underweight can just as drastically change your health as well, with issues such as lower bone health, weakened immune system, fertility and pregnancy complications, and Iron Deficient Anemia. Strive for a BMI Between 19-25, which is the range considered “healthy” by the Dental Community.
- Blood Sugar levels (Glucose) – If your Glucose levels are outside the acceptable range, you may suffer from diabetes. This is a serious problem as diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney damage, blindness and amputations.
- Cholesterol: Too much bad Cholesterol in your bloodstream results in a hardening of the arteries, significantly increasing the risk of serious heart problems such as a heart attack at an early age, or a stroke.
- Blood Pressure – The higher your blood pressure, the higher the stress on your arteries. Blood pressure is divided into diastolic and systolic pressures. Systolic pressure is when pressure is highest in the arteries and occurs when the heart contracts. Diastolic pressure is the moment of minimum pressure in the arteries and occurs when the heart relaxes. A normal blood pressure is 120 systolic over 80 diastolic or less, with anything higher than that putting you at extreme risk for Heart Disease or Stroke.
Here at Dental Health & Wellness Boston, Our team strives to provide our patients with the latest news and treatments in the Dental and Medical Fields. Our dedicated staff works tirelessly for your health and wellbeing, so you can enjoy your life as healthy as you can be. Of course if we were making this list, we would have #5 be the number of times per week that you floss!