Know your health numbers

If you understand your numbers around heart health then you can be motivated to change some of these levels if they are too high. Make a time to see your GP and identify if you are at risk, and do it today!

Blood Cholesterol

Is the total level of cholesterol (a fatty substance) in your blood.  Too much cholesterol builds up on the walls of your blood vessels, making it hard for your heart to pump blood.

Cholesterol levels should be no higher than 200 mg/dL (5.5 mmol/L), and it’s best to aim for your LDL levels to be less than 100 mg/dL (2 mmol/L).

Blood Pressure

Is the pressure your blood puts on your arteries as your heart beats and relaxes.

Your blood pressure will vary depending on exercise, stress, and sleep but should not be more than 130/80 mm Hg. The elevated range for blood pressure readings is between 120/80 mm/Hg and 129/80 mm/Hg.

Blood Sugar

Is the amount of sugar that is present in the bloodstream.

The levels of blood sugar in the blood should be under 100 mg/dL (5.5 mmol/L) before drinking and eating anything upon rising in the morning, and it should be under 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L) 2 hours after meals.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

A good guidance to assess whether you are in a healthy weight range for your height. It is an estimate of body fat and a useful gauge of your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat.

BMI can vary depending on gender, age and build. It’s also recommended to consider BMI numbers alongside waist circumference and other risk factors.