“Knowing the numbers of key health measures can help you to know if you need to make some changes for the benefit of your current and future health”.1

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Numbers

What numbers do women (and men) need to know?

In Five Minutes (or Less) for Health: Five Minutes or Less For Health – Know Your Numbers the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain:

“Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), and others. These numbers can provide a glimpse of your health status and risk for certain diseases and conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and more”.2

Menopause

What is the association between menopause and cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke)?

In Health After Menopause: Cardiovascular Health the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health note:

Know Your Numbers“Before menopause, women have a lower risk of heart disease than men, but as women age and their oestrogen levels fall after menopause, their risk of cardiovascular disease increases. Blood pressure can increase after menopuase, as can total cholesterol and LDL, or ‘bad cholesterol’. There can also be a decrease in HDL, or ‘good cholesterol’. Other blood fats such as triglycerides can also increase”.3

Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

Is there an association between prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and CVD?

In Know Your Health Numbers the American Heart Association (AHA) elaborate on:

“Individuals with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are more likely to have high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and, of course, high blood sugar. They are also likely to be overweight/obese. All of these factors increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other serious health complications”.4

Protect Your Heart

How can women (and men) protect their hearts?

In Women and CVD – Facts and Tips: How To Protect Your Heart – Protect Your Heart: Know Your Numbers the World Heart Federation elaborate on:

“Have your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked regularly. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major factor for approximately half of all heart disease and stroke. High blood cholesterol and glucose levels can also place you at greater risk”.5

The Power of Knowing Your Numbers

What is The Power of Knowing Your Numbers?

In Know Your Numbers the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“Knowing the numbers of key health measures can help you to know if you need to make some changes for the benefit of your current and future health”.6

Regular Checkups

Even if I feel fine, should I still see my health care provider for regular checkups?

Yes. In Health Screenings for Women Ages 40 To 64: Information the (United States) MedlinePlus note:

“Even if you feel fine, you should still see your provider for regular checkups. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. A simple blood test can check for these conditions”.7

Health Care Provider

What if I would like to know my numbers?

If you would like to know your numbers, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. The CDC explain:

“Be sure to ask your health care provider what tests you need and how often. If your numbers are too high or too low, he/she can make recommendations to help you get them to a healthier range”.8

In Heart Disease Prevention: Know Your Heart Disease Numbers the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov note:

“Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides) and blood sugar levels. Under the Affordable Care Act, most insurance plans must cover these tests at no cost to you. These tests will give you important information about your heart health. Your doctor can tell you what your numbers mean and what you need to do to protect your heart”.9

In Know Your Numbers? They Could Just Save Your Life: Start By Knowing Your Numbers Go Red for Women elaborate on:

“Talk to your healthcare provider today to learn about your Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and BMI (Body Mass Index)”. Your heart depends on it”.10

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  1. Know Your Numbers. Last Updated 06 November 2018 — Last Reviewed 11 October 2018. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/health-checks/know-your-numbers Accessed: 28 December 2019
  2. Five Minutes (or Less) for Health: Learn More Below! Five Minutes or Less For Health – Know Your Numbers. Page Last Reviewed: 23 December 2015. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/family/minutes/index.htm Accessed: 28 December 2019
  3. Health After Menopause: Cardiovascular Disease. Topic Updated 13 December 2019 — Last Reviewed 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/health-after-menopause Accessed: 28 December 2019
  4. Know Your Health Numbers. Last Reviewed August 2015. American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/Diabetes/PreventionTreatmentofDiabetes/Know-Your-Health-Numbers_UCM_313882_Article.jsp#.Wk00enmYOpo Accessed: 28 December 2019
  5. Women and CVD – Facts and Tips: How To Protect Your Heart – Protect Your Heart: Know Your Numbers. 22 May 2017. World Heart Federation https://www.world-heart-federation.org/resources/women-cvd-facts-tips/ Accessed: 28 December 2019
  6. Know Your Numbers. Last Updated 08 November 2018 — Last Reviewed 11 October 2018. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/health-checks/know-your-numbers Accessed: 28 December 2019
  7. Health Screenings for Women Ages 40 To 64: Information. Review Date: 12 May 2018. Page Last Updated 11 September 2019. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007467.htm Accessed: 28 December 2019
  8. Five Minutes (or Less) for Health: Learn More Below! Five Minutes or Less for Health – Know Your Numbers. Page Last Reviewed: 23 December 2015. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/family/minutes/index.htm Accessed: 28 December 2019
  9. Heart Disease Prevention: Know Your Heart Disease Numbers. Medical Review In: 2015. Page Last Updated: 01 March 2019. Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov https://www.womenshealth.gov/heart-disease-and-stroke/heart-disease/heart-disease-prevention Accessed: 28 December 2019
  10. Know Your Numbers? They Could Just Save Your Life. Go Red for Women https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/know-your-risk/know-your-numbers Accessed: 28 December 2019
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