Americans are lacking important health number knowledge, survey finds

The Importance of Knowing Your Health Numbers: Erica Hutson’s Journey to Better Heart Health

Americans often struggle to remember important health numbers such as blood pressure, ideal weight, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar. A survey by Ohio State found that only 35% of Americans know their blood pressure and 44% can name their ideal weight. Even fewer know their cholesterol levels and blood sugar.

One young and healthy woman named Erica Hutson was surprised to find out she had high cholesterol despite being active and eating what she thought was a healthy diet. Her experience highlights the importance of knowing and monitoring these health numbers as they can provide important clues about heart health.

Cardiologist Dr. Laxmi Mehta emphasizes the importance of being proactive in understanding and managing these numbers. Knowing if the numbers are within a healthy range is crucial for making lifestyle changes or using medication to improve them.

Hutson’s experience has led her to be vigilant about her own health and to set a good example for her children when it comes to being proactive about heart health. She hopes to instill in them the importance of knowing and managing their health numbers.

Knowing these numbers can be easily accomplished during a wellness check with a doctor. By staying informed and aware of any changes in these health numbers, individuals can take an active role in their own healthcare.

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