3 Numbers You Should Know

3 Numbers You Should Know

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No, I’m not talking about phone numbers, your social security number or credit card number. These are health numbers, and they are important.

 

Why? Because these 3 numbers affect your risk of diabetes (type 2) and brain-related disease like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Fifty percent of people aged 85+ are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; by keeping your numbers low, you’ll be more likely to avoid that fate.

 

1. Fasting Glucose (diabetes indicator)

It’s important to know your fasting glucose number, as this is a predictor of diabetes and pre-diabetes. Normal is generally considered 65 to 100 in the western medicine realm, BUT if the number is 90-94 and definitely if it’s above 95, it’s time to make some changes! You want that number 60-90: the healing range. 

The great news is, you don’t need a doctor’s order or to go to a lab. You don’t even have to leave the house to find out. You can easily take this at home with an inexpensive device – do it in the morning before eating or drinking anything (must be at least 8 hours fasting to be accurate). I recommend assessing it periodically for one month (at least 6 times), then once every six months so you can gauge it over time. Keep track of your numbers for comparison.

It’s a simple prick to get one drop of blood to place on the test strip (doesn’t even hurt). A monitor like this is what you need.

You may be genetically inclined to get Type 2 Diabetes – but that doesn’t mean it’s a foregone conclusion!

 

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2. C-Reactive Protein

CRP is good to get tested periodically as well as the primary inflammatory marker. Inflammation is implicated in dementia, pain, suppressing the immune system (and being able to fend off pathogens), and even depression so you want to keep this number low. 

1 mg/liter or less is optimal. You’ll need to see your doctor and have blood drawn to get this value.

 

3. Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body mass index uses height and weight to calculate if your weight is healthy for your height. You want your BMI to be below 25. Calculate yours here with height and weight.

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All of these numbers are primarily affected by what you put into your body (foods, liquids and even stress), and can be changed based on dietary and lifestyle changes. 

 

So, there you have it: 3 important numbers to track over time that can help motivate you to stay on track!

 

If you are concerned about any of these numbers, order a consult. I’ve helped all my clients create a better health outlook, and can do the same for you. And definitely get on my email list to stay informed (enter name and email to the right).

 

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