Whether you are young or old, healthy or struggling with different health problems it is important to know your biometric numbers. If you are wondering what biometric numbers are, this is for you! Keep reading to learn more about biometric numbers, and why they are important to understanding you health.
What is a biometric screening?
A biometric screening is a quick health exam usually done by your primary care physician to check your risk level for certain health problems such as cardiovascular disease and nervous system problems.
What are biometric numbers?
Biometric numbers are the results from your screening, including: blood pressure, cholesterol levels, your resting pulse rate, BMI, and your hemoglobin.
Where should my numbers be?
When you get your screening you will get a finger prick to test your blood, height and weight will be checked and your blood pressure. Your doctor will give you your numbers and let you know the different areas you can improve on. Below are the guidelines for where your numbers should be.
Systolic blood pressure (<200)
Diastolic blood pressure (<80)
Resting pulse (60-100)
Total Cholesterol (<200)
HDL (good cholesterol) (Female >50, Male >40)
Non-HDL (<130 mg/dl)
Hemoglobin A1c (<5.7%)
(number ranges from nih.gov)
How can I improve my numbers?
Your doctor will give you more personalized advice on what to do to improve your health, but in general daily exercise and healthy eating will help decrease your bad cholesterol and increase the good as well as improve your BMI. Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough if high blood pressure, and high cholesterol run in your family. If that is the case your doctor will help you get back on track, usually with medication.
Taking control of your health is important to us here at Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle, LLC. We care about your overall health and want you to as well. If you suffer from anything foot and ankle related, come see Dr. Evan Merrill by calling 541-776-3338 or by filling out our online form.