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Fall 2013

Botsford HealthSource Magazine

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Lowering the odds of disease

Lowering the odds of disease

You probably keep lots of numbers in your head these days, but there are three that matter most when it comes to health: blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

“Keeping tabs on these numbers can give you a snapshot of your overall health,” says Rodrigo Tobar Jr., D.O., of Family Medicine PC in Southfield. “If you can keep these numbers within a healthy range, you lower your odds of getting one of the two major health conditions that trouble millions of Americans--diabetes and heart disease."

Dubbed "the ABCs of health," these important numbers stand for:

A1C. you get this number from a blood test that shows average blood glucose levels, or blood sugar, over a two-to three-month period.

Blood pressure. If blood pressure is too high, your heart has to work too hard, which affects the whole body, inside and out. Target number: 110/70 mm Hg

Cholesterol. Checks (recommended every five years) measure cholesterol, the amount of fat in your blood.

Rodrigo Tobar Jr., D.O.
Rodrigo Tobar Jr., D.O.

Target numbers:

- LDL (bad cholesterol): Below 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)of blood, or even lower if you have heart and blood vessel disease.

- HDL (good cholesterol): Above 40 mg/dL for men, 50 mg/dL for women.

"The good news is that once people know these numbers, they can change them for the better rather quickly," says Dr. Tobar. "A combination of losing weight, following a healthy diet, taking medicine, and adding exercise to your daily routine may help you reach your goal in all three areas."

Lowering the odds of disease
Lowering the odds of disease

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