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Know Your 5 Vital Health Statistics

Do you feel you are at your best? Are you aging well? Do you feel strong and full of energy?

If not, you should seriously consider lifestyle changes that can have a positive impact on your health.

Along with changing your diet and increasing your physical activity, taking high quality supplements like The Daily Essentials™ from The AIM Companies™ can make a difference in your health. In particular, The Daily Essentials™ can help in regards to your five vital health statistics: blood pressure, fasting blood sugar, blood lipids, hdl cholesterol and waist size.

You should know your numbers by heart, since they indicate the state of your overall health. If two or three of the following are a problem, it can affect the quality or quantity of your future.

1) Blood Pressure - Checking your blood pressure levels (measured in millimetres of mercury) is a vital health indicator. Readings of 120/80 mmhg are categorized as normal. If yours is consistently greater than 130/85 mmhg, it is a warning sign of hypertension – the term to describe high blood pressure. Hypertension is a major cause of heart disease and strokes and a causal factor in kidney disease, eye problems, and certain types of dementia.

2) Fasting Blood Sugar - Checking your blood glucose levels shows the amount of sugar in your blood at a given time. Fasting blood sugar readings (taken before you eat) should range from 4.0 To 6.0 Millimoles per litre (mmol/L). If your level is above 6 mmol/L, it is an indicator that diabetes could be knocking on your door.

3) Blood Lipids (Triglycerides) - Used by the body for energy, triglycerides are a type of fat in the bloodstream and fat tissue. Too much of this fat contributes to the narrowing and hardening of your arteries, increasing your risk of heart attack or stroke. High triglycerides levels are also linked to low levels of hdl “good” cholesterol, excess body weight, and poorly controlled diabetes. A reading greater than 1.7 Mmol/L is borderline high and another warning sign that lifestyle changes are required, such as a reduced intake of sugar, fat, or alcohol.

4) Hdl (Good) Cholesterol - Short for high-density lipoprotein, hdl is good cholesterol that needs to remain at a high level in your bloodstream to scavenge and remove the bad cholesterol (ldl), which can clog your arteries and cause atherosclerosis. Hdl levels should be more than 1 mmol/L for men and 1.3 Mmol/L for women. Hdl levels lower than this can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

5) Waist Size - The amount of abdominal fat you have determines the size of your waist - another indicator of just how healthy or unhealthy you may be. Linked to several metabolic disorders, excess body fat, particularly around the waist, disrupts the normal balance and functioning of your hormones. A waist size of 40 inches (102 cm) or more for men and 35 inches (88 cm) or more for women creates a health risk. In other words, by increasing the size of your waist, you decrease the length of your life.

If three of these vital health statistics don’t measure up, you are at four times the risk of having a heart attack or stroke and a candidate for a host of health problems, including diabetes, dementia, and kidney disease. So it is essential to your well-being that your numbers measure up healthily, and aim offers a wealth of natural supplements that can help.

By taking The Daily Essentials™ - greens, fibre and essential fatty acids - you give your body a nutritional foundation that supports healthy numbers for your blood pressure, blood sugar, blood lipids, hdl cholesterol and waist size. Know your five vital health statistics, and know that The AIM Companies™ can help keep them in the healthy zone.