Why should we have to remember numbers with regards to our health? Surely the GP keeps a record and I don’t have to worry?
Yes, the GP will keep a record, but so should we! Some numbers are vital for our general health, and in an emergency, it’s important to be able to pull them out your wallet or purse. Carrying a list of any prescribed medicines you are taking, and any complementary medicines as well, might be important if you are injured away from home.
If you have any allergies, it’s worth recording those as well. Your pulse rate gives an overall view of your heart health, along with your resting blood pressure. Your cholesterol level is a handy dinner-party conversation starter, especially as you tuck in to a hearty meal!
The Body Mass Index or BMI is a measure of your weight to height ratio, and is based on commonly- accepted rates. Your waist circumference is a measure of abdominal fat, and is an easy way to check if gaining weight is a challenge for you. Triglycerides are the problem fats in your blood stream, although higher carbohydrate intakes are often the cause
Diabetes is a epidemic spreading through middle-aged Australians, especially men. Your blood sugar reading is an indicator, but the urine test gives called HbA1c gives a better long-term indicator of diabetes risk.
Write these numbers down after you’ve been given them by your GP. If you aren’t given them, ask for them – they might save your life.
- Numbers are a nuisance – do I need to remember all of them?
- What about my medicines list – do I need to carry that as well?
- What’s the most important number?
- What role does my waist circumference play?
- Triglycerides – what are they?