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Blood pressure is the amount of pressure sustained in your circulatory system. It is measured with a stethoscope generally while seated and at rest. High blood pressure increases the risk for stroke and heart disease, and low blood pressure can cause dizziness and possibly lead to losing consciousness. Ensuring blood pressure is within a normal limit is part of living a cardiac strong life. Details on blood pressure ranges are listed below, be sure to visit your primary care physician for further assessment.
Blood sugar levels measure the amount of sugar in your blood which is your body’s main source of energy. Eating a diet high in processed foods and sugars can lead to sustained elevated blood sugar. Ensuring an appropriate blood sugar level ensures that one is not developing pre-diabetes or diabetes. Diabetes is when one’s pancreas cannot produce sufficient insulin to ensure proper control of sugar in the blood. Please see the link from the CDC for more information on diabetes.
Body mass index can be used to measure body fat. It is essentially a weight-to-height ratio regarding body fat %. An appropriate BMI can indicate a lower chance of developing heart disease, diabetes or stroke. BMI can be regulated by eating healthy foods and regular exercise. Check out the BMI calculator and tools on the CDC’s website!