Thoughts on Better Aging

Why You Should Track Your Health Numbers

December 24th, 2013

Monitoring critical health numbers and hormone levels helps to catch problems early and maintain a high quality of life

An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. By monitoring the following critical health numbers, you can identify problems before severe symptoms become apparent and impact your quality of life:
Blood Sugar: High blood sugar or glucose levels can be an indicator of pre-diabetes. Most people with pre-diabetes will have no discernible symptoms until the condition develops into full-blown diabetes. Fortunately, you can check your blood sugar levels by visiting your doctor for blood work, or by using a home glucose monitor. This can enable you to identify and manage conditions like pre-diabetes early.
Blood Pressure: High blood pressure puts extra strain on the heart and arteries. It’s better to find out about high blood pressure through a test than by experiencing a cardiac episode. Once again, monitoring can help with early detection and early treatment of this condition.
Cholesterol: High cholesterol is a significant risk factor for heart disease and stroke, but has no outward symptoms. Without testing, you simply won’t know if you have high cholesterol until it’s too late. With testing, however, you can track your cholesterol and assess the effectiveness of your cholesterol management plan.
Body Weight: It’s well established that being overweight increases risk factors for numerous medical conditions. Fortunately, it’s easy to monitor your weight using an ordinary bathroom scale. You should aim for a target weight that will support your ideal body mass index as identified by your doctor.
Hormone Levels: When monitoring your health numbers, don’t forget hormone levels. Low testosterone can begin causing symptoms like depression, fatigue, increased body fat, and low sex drive in men as young as 35. By monitoring testosterone, and other important hormones like thyroid, DHEA, cortisol, growth hormone, and estrogen, you can catch and correct hormone imbalance early.

Improve Your Health Numbers

Identifying problems with your critical health numbers is just the first step. If necessary, seek medical treatment, and support that treatment with proper diet and exercise. For concerns about hormone levels, call Renew Man™. Our doctors are experts when it comes to hormone therapy for men, and can provide you with a treatment plan designed just for you.

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