Know Your Numbers
Blood Pressure, Cholestrol, Glucose & Body Mass Index Screening
UHS 2014 Fall Health & Wellness Fair
October 21, 2014 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Campus Center Terrace
Look for the tables with the sign for free health screenings.
Be sure to pick up a "Know Your Numbers" card from the UHS table to record your results.
Know YOUR Numbers
Your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index numbers are key indicators of your risk for major illness. If you know these numbers, you can take action to reduce your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, and other major chronic illnesses.
- Blood Pressure – This is one of the strongest markers for heart disease risk. It is measured as two numbers. Systolic pressure is the first number and is the pressure when the heart is contracting. Diastolic is the second number and is the pressure when the heart is at rest between beats. Normal blood pressure is 120 / 80 or
- Cholesterol Levels – Too much bad cholesterol can lead to a hardening of your arteries. This can put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. When it comes to cholesterol, there are two important numbers you should know. LDL, is the bad cholesterol, and should be below 130 mg/dL, and lower is better. HDL, is good cholesterol, and should be above 40 mg/dL. Your total cholesterol (TC) level should be below 200 mg/
- Blood Sugar – A blood sugar test is commonly used to diagnose the presence of diabetes. A fasting blood sugar (taken when you haven’t eaten for 12 hours) should be below 100 mg/
- Body Mass Index (BMI) – This is calculated from two other numbers that you probably know – your weight and height. Your BMI will be one way to gauge if you are classified as being overweight. However, it is not a perfect measure. In people with above normal muscle mass, like bodybuilders, the BMI may indicate the individual is overweight when they are in great condition. For most of us, however, BMI is a great way to gauge how our weight compares to recommended levels. T Normal BMI is below 25.