Know Your Numbers
Check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels regularly. These numbers are important because they will allow you and your healthcare provider to determine your risk for developing CVD. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major factor for approximately half of all heart disease and stroke. High blood cholesterol and glucose levels can also place you at greater risk.
Over time, high levels of Blood Sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves.
Blood sugar - The amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood.
Blood pressure - The force of blood against the arteries when the heart beats and rests. Systolic pressure (top number) is the peak pressure in the arteries, and diastolic pressure (bottom number) is the lowest pressure.
Blood cholesterol - A waxy substance produced by the liver.
Body weight - A person's ideal body weight varies by gender, age, height, and frame. Discuss with your doctor what your ideal weight should be.