Health management is not only about your overall physical wellness. It is about your overall well-being. What does that mean? Glad you asked! This means that you should focus on:

  • Mental, emotional, and your physical well-being
  • Measuring your relationships
  • Social connections
  • Goals
  • Financial security

Once you can identify your health score, then you will know where you fall short and make improvements. In so doing, you will become the ideal version of who you should be.

Blood Pressure and BMI

Your health score will include your blood pressure reading and your BMI (body mass index). These are the two most important health scores to a healthier lifestyle. When you know these numbers, you can determine whether you are healthy or not.
In addition to your BMI and blood pressure, you should also be aware of your diabetes and apnea health scores.

BMI

Let’s talk about your BMI first. Now, don’t be scared. It is not all that complicated and once you can keep it under a certain number, you will be fine. Your BMI is calculated using your height and weight. Your body fat is taken into consideration. If you have a score below 25, it is a good BMI score – anything above that, you are heading for unhealthy choices and serious health issues. You can discuss this with a healthcare professional to come up with a plan that will reduce that number.

Blood Pressure

Having high blood pressure is a serious health risk. As blood continues to circulate throughout your body, your blood pressure is measured as a result of what is found on the walls of your arteries. You risk having a heart attack or stroke if you have a high blood pressure reading. Initially, your doctor can prescribe medication to reduce your blood pressure.
Be advised…However, after that, try to reduce your sodium intake, start physical exercise, and make this a lifestyle.

Risk of Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the killer diseases that have inflicted so many people. Whether it is Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, it is a health risk. You should change your diet considerably once you receive a diagnosis of diabetes.
Be aware…Do you know your health score when it comes to diabetes? Did you know that high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol are contributing factor to the risk of diabetes?

Risk of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects many people around the world. It is particularly unhealthy because it disrupts your sleep. The body is deprived of oxygen and that is dangerous while sleeping.
Be aware…Sleep apnea can result in severe fatigue, hypertension, heart disease and stroke. Do you know how bad yours is?

Make Changes

It is best to know your health scores because then you will start on a life of optimal health. Therefore, get regular exams from a doctor. Improve your scores by eating healthy and including exercise into your daily life. Fresh fruits and vegetable consumption will help to reduce your BMI. Exercise does the same and you only need half an hour/three times per week to start. If you smoke, it might be time to stop smoking.

Did you know…

Smoking is the number one cause of developing lung cancer, sleep apnea, and high blood pressure?
If your health score is low, it is time to ramp it up by following the advice given here. You should definitely take it seriously. Your life depends on it.